Statement From Bob Johnson About the Passing of Legendary Boxing Promoter Ronald "Butch" Lewis

Jul 24, 2011, 02:52 ET from The RLJ Companies

BETHESDA, Md., July 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Butch Lewis was my best friend. As a boxing, entertainment, and music promoter, he was a true legend in his time. He is the only man I know who knew people at the highest of heights and the lowest of lows and treated them all the same. He was passionate about helping young black men achieve their goals in life and he would ask anyone for a favor if it meant helping these young men be the best that they can be. I, and all of our 'crew' will miss him but we, like millions of others will never forget him."


Robert L. Johnson is founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies.

About The RLJ Companies: The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson and founder of Black Entertainment Television, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate; private equity; financial services; asset management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For additional information visit: Media inquiries: Traci Otey Blunt 240.743.7620 or

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