"Oh, what the hell?" Those words were boxer Karim Mayfield's simple response to learning that his manager, Marlon Sullivan, had been arrested in one of the more bizarre stories of the year.
Sullivan, also the manager of several NFL players, was arrested Wednesday morning in a plot related to the arrest of Leland Yee, a California State Senator.
San Francisco Magazine had some of the details on the arrest of Yee for wire fraud and firearms dealing:
Yee told an FBI agent to give him a shopping list of guns: "Senator Yee asked [the agent] to provide an inventory list of desired weapons [...] [The agent] told Yee he would deliver $2,000,000 cash."
Yee could arrange from some serious firepower: "[The agent] asked about shoulder fired automatic weapons. Senator Yee responded by saying the automatic weapons are the equivalent to the "M16" Automatic Service Weapon [...] [The agent] asked about the availability of shoulder fire missiles or rockets. Senator Yee responded 'I told him about the rockets and things like that.'"
Yee took personal responsibility for delivering the weapons: "Senator Yee said, 'We're interested' in arranging the weapons deal [...] and said of the arms dealer, 'He's going to rely on me, because ultimately it's going to be me. [The agent] stated he would compensate Yee for brokering the relationship and arms deal."
The plot involved a number of individuals, including Sullivan.
Sullivan—try to keep up—is a friend of Brandon Jackson, the son of a political consultant to Yee, and is accused of selling weapons and body armor to an undercover FBI agent, purportedly to raise money for Yee. He is accused of providing the agent with fraudulent credit cards, the keys for which he had purchased with Bitcoins from a supplier in Russia.
On another occasion, according to the affidavit, Sullivan "described their narcotics trafficking including transporting marijuana to the East Coast and Tennessee. Jackson and Sullivan were interested in [the undercover agent] assisting them by providing transportation assistance and suppling them with cocaine and/or other 'hard drugs' to sell on their established routes."
The affidavit also describes Sullivan agreeing to carry out a murder-for-hire plot, which he said would be "easy work," and added "I will put eyes on the guy and have my boy knock him down." Sullivan is then accused of surveilling the potential victim at a restaurant to gain a physical description.
Karim Mayfield (18-0-1) is set to fight on HBO tomorrow night against Thomas Dulorme for the NABF light welterweight (140 lbs) title.
He has recently said that he wants to score a fight with Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO title, a plan that seems as though it could very well become a reality.