Raul Martinez Strikes Radio Host (1998 Flashback of Former Hialeah Mayor)
|Who is former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez? In 1998, these were the news about Raul Martinez:
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Goldberg Says Mayor Hit Him
Palm Beach Post, 1998
Frustrations resulting from the betting breakdown Saturday at Hialeah Park produced a shouting match between Raul Martinez, the mayor of Hialeah, and a Miami radio sports talk show host.
Hank Goldberg, of WQAM radio and a horse race commentator for ESPN, said Martinez struck him in the throat during the argument. “It was not really a punch,” said Goldberg.”He just brushed me.”
“I didn’t hit him,” responded Martinez , a member of the track’s board of directors. “I did call him a slob.”
Following the shutdown of the track betting machines in the fifth race, Goldberg said he went to the track’s Director’s Room because he had been told he could place a bet there.
Unable to bet, he said to Martinez , “They should put this place mercifully to sleep.”
“Why don’t you get out of here?” Martinez said to Goldberg. An exchange of shouts followed.
“He definitely swung at me,” said the radio announcer. “He made contact. I wasn’t going to fight with him. He would have beat me up. He is a moose.”
– John Crittenden
|SunSentinel report of the same incident:|
Goldberg, Mayor Face Off
Along with all the problems Hialeah experienced with its tote system and track, another developed Saturday afternoon when radio talk show host Hank Goldberg got into an altercation in the track’s Directors Room with Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez.
Goldberg, disappointed that he couldn’t wager when the AutoTote system crashed, turned around after leaving the window and said, “They ought to put this place mercifully to sleep.”
This is where the versions differ.
“[Martinez) said if you don’t like it, get the bleep out of here,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg said he asked if Martinez was going to throw him out and added, “Give it your best shot.”
Martinez then allegedly lunged.
“He grazed me,” said Goldberg, who said Post Time USA publisher Gene Stevens helped separate the two. “Definitely, he swung at me.”
Martinez said he never touched Goldberg.
“Hank comes in here bad-mouthing the place,” Martinez said. “My comment to him was if he doesn’t like the place, he doesn’t have to come back. How can you blame anyone on computers going down?”
When told Goldberg had said Martinez had hit him, the mayor replied: “I’m not going to hit him. I didn’t touch him. I called him a slob.”
Goldberg, who hosts a show on WQAM (560-AM), said he had witnesses and called Martinez a liar.
When asked if he would pursue the matter, Goldberg said, “Only on my talk show.”
– Palm Beach Post, 1998
– SunSentinel, March 22, 1998: