Evander Holyfield, Creflo Dollar and 'prosperity theology'
By Ken EdelsteinSaturday June 7, 2008 06:26 pm EDT
It seems the "prosperity gospel" didn't perform as advertised for former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Fairburn resident faces foreclosure on his 109-room mansion. Also: "the mother of one of his children is suing for unpaid child support, and a Utah consulting company has gone to court claiming the boxer failed to pay back more than a half million dollars for landscaping."
Where'd the millions from Holyfield's boxing career go? A big chunk apparently went to his preacher. In 2000, Holyfield's then-wife told a divorce court that the fighter had given at least $7 million to the Rev. Creflo Dollar.
Dollar is one of the leading advocates of "prosperity gospel," an upside-down school of Christianity, which argues that God wants you to get rich and that you'll get particularly rich if you give obscene amount of money to your preacher. The Lear jet-riding, Rolls Royce-collecting Dollar is one of several high-rolling reverends in hot water with U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley over how they spend Holyfield's — er, I mean, their — money.
Creative Loafing Inc. has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to pay $495 an hour to the investment banker who engineered last year's purchase by CL of two other alternative weeklies, according to Atlanta Magazine's Steve Fennessy. This time Skyway Capital Partners' Bryan Crino would be tasked with helping to solve the company's financial woes.