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MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets

Feb 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

Martin Luther King III

From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited:

The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated … King said he may indeed join a group of investors interested in the Mets, but he made it clear that he is not leading the effort and Monday, King’s potential partners were already downplaying his involvement in a group that hopes to buy 50% or more of the franchise.

[Larry] Meli told the Daily News that King might be the face of the group, but he won’t be the wallet. “He’s not a deep-pocket financial guy,” said Meli, a television executive. “In his mind, he’s not even the lead guy. But given his reputation and legacy, his name has percolated to the surface.”

At the risk of me being even more cynical than I typically am, I’m inclined to believe that whoever is the wallet of the this alleged investors’ group is using King’s name for press and gravitas.

  1. Jonny 5 - Feb 1, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    This guy isn’t exactly who you want as the face of any investment group. Although many owners are living off daddy’s coat tails as MLK 3 has been. He isn’t a shining example of bringing people together over money matters. He can’t even get along with his own family when it comes to that topic. King must be turning in his grave as his children fight and claw at the carcass of his legacy, for money.

  2. BC - Feb 1, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    This guy has a sketchy past at best. Basically a publicity hound living off the legacy of one of the great Americans of the past century. MLB should tell him to go soak his head. Maybe he can buy a team in Dubuque or Glens Falls or something.

  3. Detroit Michael - Feb 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Can we please banish this guy’s photo from the blog? He looks like he had a dream but ate it for breakfast and would like to order another one ASAP.

    • BC - Feb 1, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      He kind of looks like the guy that was on the show with Erkel and played Sgt. Al Powell in ‘Die Hard’.

  4. aaronmoreno - Feb 1, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    If his name was Steve I don’t think we’d care at all.

    • aaronmoreno - Feb 1, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Check that, it would be awesome if Stephen King owned a team.

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