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Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff probably needs to be fired

May 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

Frank McCourt hired Steve Soboroff as his Vice Chairman a couple of weeks ago. His mission: to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating.  His real job since that time: to be a McCourt mouthpiece in his battle with Major League Baseball. Indeed, one of his first acts was to try to shamelessly score some P.R. points against MLB using Dodgers’ security as pretext.

The Los Angeles Times reports that he was at it again yesterday, only this time he decided to tell an outright lie rather than merely spin hypothetical scenarios.  Specifically, he told several media outlets that Tom Schieffer, the trustee appointed by Major League Baseball to run the team, did not respond promptly to a request from the Dodgers’ general counsel for upgraded stadium security in the wake of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

The only problem: it was a lie. Schieffer responded via email within two minutes of the request, granting it. Frank McCourt apologized late yesterday, admitting that Soboroff’s claim was baloney. Soboroff has not commented. Which is understandable, because what is he gonna say? “I hereby retract the bullsh** statement I made that was clearly calculated to make it seem like Schieffer is not on top of his duties in overseeing the Dodgers. I will attempt to offer less baldly false propaganda in my efforts to help Mr. McCourt keep his team in the future”?

Frank McCourt has said a lot of things in the past week in an effort to make it seem like he’s still in charge of the Dodgers. Here’s one thing that might actually work, Frank: fire your buddy Soboroff.

Or not. After all, when the team doesn’t make payroll at the end of the month and MLB takes over, they’re gonna fire him anyway.

  1. philsieg - May 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    What’s he gonna say? Well, there’s always “it was not intended to be a factual statement”.

  2. manute - May 6, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I think Steve’s in love. <3

    • Mr. Furious - May 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Well, Frank *is* available now.

  3. Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    He’s a sock puppet. He’ll be paid for his services well, then he’ll be retired again as soon as he’s relieved of his duties. Which consist of being a sock puppet for McCourt.

    • BC - May 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      Agree. Clear as day. Soboroff was brought in to be the bad cop, so McCourt could fly above the fray and look like the good guy and keep the dirt off his hands.

      • Old Gator - May 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

        It’s hard to keep your hands clean when you’re so busy digging your own grave, you know?

      • Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM

        Gator, he’d just borrow money to pay someone else to dig the hole.

  4. bigxrob - May 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Are you sure he didn’t drop a “j/k” at the end?

  5. mofoe56 - May 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I’m sure it was all “taken out of context”…..

  6. dogsweat1 - May 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Mark Cuban or Donald Trump as new owners…

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