By: Sean Crose
Back in 2014, the New York Post wrote that Roc Nation Sports’ “lack of media access has given it an air of mystery.” Former featherweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco certainly finds Roc Nation Sports mysterious. After receiving a serious brain injury during a June bout against Jose Haro in Iowa, Franco, a Roc Nation fighter, was subsequently induced into a coma for two weeks. Incredibly, Franco survived and is expected to make a full recovery. Still, getting healthy isn’t cheap. Or easy.
Franco is still in need of a large amount of medical care. The twenty-five year old Californian has another surgery this Friday. And how will Franco and his family pay the hundreds upon thousands of dollars in medical costs? Well, a GoFundMe page has been set up on the fighter’s behalf. One might think Roc Nation Sports, an entity Franco was a part of and under whose banner Franco was so badly harmed, would rise to the occasion in some way. If Roc Nation couldn’t go so far as to pay all of Franco’s bills, one would at least expect it to promote the charity built around supporting the fighter.
According to Franco that has been far from the case. “Roc Nation has not even contacted (me) since the fight,” Franco informed me on Tuesday. “Someone that used to work for Roc Nation sent me a photo of him holding up my shirt with another Roc Nation fighter, but that is all.” In fact, Franco stated that Roc Nation expressed it’s displeasure when he called company out in public. “Dino Duva called a few weeks ago,” Franco claimed, “but it was only to tell my family to take our posts ‘calling out’ Roc Nation down off of social media. Since they haven’t called, we put them back up.” Indeed, Franco has been posting his displeasure throughout social media. And yet he claims he has still heard nothing more from the entity he was once a part of.
I reached out to Roc Nation Sports twice, leaving messages both yesterday and today. Those calls, however, have yet to be returned. Founded by superstar Jay Z (Shawn Carter) in 2013, Roc Nation has repped some top level fighters, such as Andre Ward, Miguel Cotto and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Franco has reached out to Jay Z via video, yet it’s unclear if one of the most famous men on earth is even aware of his plight. Franco and his family, however, will happily accept donations from fans to help pay his medical bills. Anyone who wishes to help may do so through the link below: