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Resource ID: #26019
Subject: Sports
Source: ESPN.com
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Date: April 8, 2012

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Fight Night VI was billed as a boxing event for charity, with the main bout featuring two former college football players. But the event, hosted by Guts Church in Tulsa, Okla., was unsanctioned with no licensed referee or judges and no ringside doctor. When the bout was over, former University of Tulsa linebacker George Clinkscale, who had sickle cell trait, lost his life, leaving behind his pregnant fiancee and a young daughter. Using previously unseen video of the fight and unreleased medical records, Outside the Lines investigated the alarming lapses that led up to Clinkscale's death at the unconventional mega-church, where its pastor preaches the gospel of toughness and sports. The story explores what could have been done to prevent the tragedy, and raises disturbing questions about the methods used by some churches today to recruit new money and members

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