In internal e-mails, ESPN executives overseeing a 2004 documentary about boxing promoter Don King encouraged producers to portray King as a “huckster,” “thug” and an “evil mob-connected guy.” They even requested “more ominous” background music for parts of the documentary.

But those directives don’t constitute libel, according to a Florida trial court judge who tossed out King’s $2.5 billion suit in a summary judgment ruling for ESPN.

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