Rage, Lethality and regret
Prompted by this article:
Also covered in this book (Death of Paret, Norman Mailer) although the writer did not know he was gay at the time or did not report that fact.
An excerpt from Mailer:
Yes, the referee might have stopped things sooner (The counter is that it was all too fast). Yes, we know better now about not only how we manage fights but also how to accept our fellow human being. Emile Griffith’s anger, rejection and fear killed the man who insulted him. That is a tragedy. In whatever we we can, we should remember we should stop that from happening in the future.
The Kim Davis types of the world would see more of this. I would see less. Yes, it is a different time but there are places in the world where gay men can be put to death. If you think being a religious minority makes you less of a target, you are a fool. And what do you do when a member of your kindred, family or friends turns out to be LGBT. Then, it is personal. I suggest you think about that.
NOTE: The lethal blows occurred in Round 12 and were very fast. It is contested how much rage Griffith could have left by then. However, Mailer’s account strongly believes there was still anger.