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Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter:

“We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media attacks and lack of equity that has been afforded the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt as they seek to provide financial stability to one of baseball’s most notable franchises.”

Can someone please explain to me what possible relevance the endorsement of any non-baseball group would or should have on this?  What should Selig’s response to this be?  “Well, Frank, you and your wife have all but bankrupted the Dodgers and have embarrassed the league, you can’t meet payroll and you’re on the verge of selling TV rights for the next two decades for pennies on the dollar, but you certainly have the ear of an influential group of pastors, so I hereby stand down.”

What’s next? McCourt gets the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police?  Is he going to give a rockin’ keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast?  Is there something to this whole political angle we simply haven’t considered?  Because, hell, I thought this was about money.

  1. skerney - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    weirdest thing of the day.

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

      These people probably think the world of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton too. Perhaps they just have an affinity for scoundrels.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    This reminds me of ‘The Wire’….which isn’t a good thing b/c that show dealt entirely with corruption and bribes (direct or indirect).

    I fail to see how this is a civil rights issue. This strikes as shallow on many levels for both McCourt (nothing new) and the group of ministers (kinda surprising to me). It seems obvious that the reason they would defend McCourt is b/c of some sort of financial incentive (i.e. bribe).

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Speaking for potheaded Jews everywhere: Frank needs to go.

  4. liquidgrammar - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    This is just plain kinky!! There are so many other things these ministers should be focused on!! This would be like me being worried about what gays do in the privacy of THEIR bedrooms!!!

  5. realirvine - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Craig –

    It’s clearly how Frank does business. Underhanded and sneakily.

    To quote the article:

    “Hunter said McCourt did not make any promise to donate to the churches, nor did he offer any personal benefit to the ministers.”

    Which, as all of us here in Southern California know, means he’s promised to donate to the churches (when the Fox deal gets done and his divorce is complete) and he will provide something to the ministers (when the Fox deal gets done and his divorce is complete).

    To keep your life simple just cut and paste this headline and add a number every time:

    Frank McCourt is a douche, Part _

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      I think you nailed it. There has to be some sort of financial chicanery going on here.

      • JBerardi - Jun 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM

        I’d like that not to be what’s behind this. But that’s probably what’s behind this.

    • simon94022 - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:08 PM

      This is straight from the standard corporate PR playbook. There is a story out today about how the NAACP, a major gay rights organization and a number of politically left leaning groups are bizarrely advocating in favor of AT&T’s merger with T Mobile, which requires government approval. Turns out all of these groups are recent recipients of massive “charitable” donations from AT&T, in some cases over $1 million.

      This is how corporate America thinks the game should be played. And there’s no shortage of “nonprofit” groups who are more than happy to sell their souls for cash. Harsh, but true.

  6. pjmitch - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    McCourt should be livid that this sort of thing makes him look like a bigger idiot than he already looks like.

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