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Some more details on the Steinbrenner stuff

May 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

George Steinbrenner AP

Yesterday there were two reports spinning out of FOIA requests related to George Steinbrenner. One dealing with his criminal conviction for campaign finance law violations and one related to his pardon request, which was supported by multiple instances of Steinbrenner assisting the FBI.

Today the New York Times has more details about those things, including the assertions by Steinbrenner’s lawyer at the time — corroborated, it seems, by the FBI — that Steinbrenner put himself at some degree of risk in helping the FBI. The upshot: the cases involved terrorism and organized crime and there was some concern that there could be retaliation against Steinbrenner’s family if things went sideways.

Maybe this was overstated. After all, a lot of these documents appear to be from Steinbrenner’s lawyer in the course of advocating for a pardon for his client, so they’re going to naturally make things seem a bit more dire than they really were. But think how history could have changed if someone did go after The Boss’ family and, say, took out Hal instead of Hank, leaving the latter to run the Yankees by himself.  I shudder at the very prospect.

In other news, the article in the New York Times is accompanied by the below picture, which is pure money, made all the more money because it was taken at Billy Martin’s funeral. If they could have somehow gotten Martin in there — or if they could have panned the crowd for some other rake or scoundrel — it could be the Mount Rushmore of vice:

(Associated Press)

  1. sdelmonte - May 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Nixon is a league of his own in terms of vice.

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Leave Mickey Mantle Alone!

    • dexterismyhero - May 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      Screw you. Him and Billy are both dead.

      Cowboy Up!!!

    • bigdicktater - May 10, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      Is that Mickey between the two scumbags?

  3. BC - May 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Don’t certain federal documents stay classified for 30 years? I remember a bunch of stuff from the JFK era being released in the 1990s, and some Nixon stuff being released in the early 2000s. If I recall, Steinbrenner’s deeds took place in 1973. Shouldn’t they be released to the public now? Unsure if this falls under the FOIA or if its simply FBI policy.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Really not all that interesting, i think craig should write for “the star” mag cause he likes crap like this over real stuff

  5. BC - May 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Steinbrenner seldom drank beer…. but when he did, it was Dos Equis.
    Stay thirsty, my friends.

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