Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado Says Marlins "Raped" Taxpayers in Stadium Deal

Categories: Media Watch
As the Marlins gear up for what many predict will be their worst-performing, least-attended season ever -- just one year after opening a taxpayer-funded ballpark -- the wolves are howling outside owner Jeffrey Loria's door. The latest barrage of bad press comes in Sports Illustrated, where former Miami Herald scribe S.L. Price collects a round of quotes straight out of a P.R. flak's clammiest nightmares.

Take this doozy from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado: "The residents of Miami were raped. Completely."

See also:
- Six Lies About the Marlins Stadium

Ooof. It's just about impossible to criticize the Marlins too harshly at this point, but Regalado manages to eat his foot with a rape comparison.

CBS4 brought him a copy of the article just in case the mayor might want to walk back on that language a bit. Regalado stood by his words. "I think it's the truth. I think it was a very bad deal," he tells the station.

Fortunately for stadium critics, Regalado's not the only one pouring gasoline on the fire in Price's piece.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez calls the team "carpetbaggers," "tone-deaf," and politically speaking, "the gift that keeps on giving." He adds, "This is the most despised ownership group I've ever seen."

Norman Braman calls Loria a "jock-sniffer."

And team President David Samson -- the same guy who made fun of Miami taxpayers for being dumb and professed to not care about how many fans watch his team as long as he's making money -- says he would have already unloaded the franchise.

"I would've sold it opening night. Just walk on the field, say, 'Thank you Miami, I love you, this is your ballpark, see you later,'" Samson tells the magazine.

Sports Illustrated doesn't post feature stories online, so you'll have to head out to grab a copy of the magazine to read the full piece.

Update: Nope, turns out the story just wasn't online yet this morning. You can now read it in full at SI.com. Price has written the best profile Riptide has read of Loria and Samson, in addition to nabbing those golden quotes from Regalado and Gimenez.  

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D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

I don't blame the marlins mgmt. they're assholes but they're in the business of making a buck. I blame the commissioners who became Loria's bitches who whored themselves out and willingly lied to the public to get what they wanted. Because you KNOW there's a kickback or some sweetheart deal flying around city hall. And if there isn't and they did all of this blindly, then they're still lying, and now STUPID, motherf-kers

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

every public official, city commissioner, county commissioner, and all administrative staff who assisted, or voted in favor of this deal should be indicted or at least fired/recalled.  pure scum

Michael Fiorellino
Michael Fiorellino

I'm glad to see at least one local politician tell it like it is.

Brett Main-man Warner
Brett Main-man Warner

rape does not just mean a sexual act folks.....ever heard of the rape of Persephone? it means to take by force

internetinternet
internetinternet

Local governments don't know how to write a contract that is favorable to the public, this is either done on purpose as a fraud to the citizens or because the government representatives are incompetent.  Tourist cities such as Miami Beach and Miami are full of more fraud in government than most.  They always push a tourist agenda and future figures for their misguided deals.  If we spent X or this project 00000000 jobs and tax revenue will be collect by X date.  Simple formula that does not include maintenance and depreciation of the building, insurance, police and fire overtime, and lack of ticket sales. 

Miami Beach convention center is the next failure project. 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.


it time for more recalls /jail time

Ferny Prego
Ferny Prego

It may be a "poor choice or words," but it's nothing but the damn truth!!!

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

That's what any sport has become, the Heat wouldn't have anyone in their building had they pulled a Marlins the season they bought James & Bosh for Wade.

Luis Pagan
Luis Pagan

no I disagree....thats the right word, he raped Miami without lube and a condom

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

I hope they move....been here 35 years and went to two or three games.

Myron Luzniak
Myron Luzniak

What are you a journalist or a liberal? They knowingly and willingly defrauded Miami Dade county without remorse. That's your story, the Mayor using the "wrong" descriptive word. Excellent choice of words by the Mayor, i'm sure he had other more creative words he could have used as well.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

The city and it's politicians ALLOWED it.

Nick Lagattuta
Nick Lagattuta

Poor choice of words? I think it's very well put

mm2kay
mm2kay

Well it seems like a great choice of words. It really hits home exactly what they did. A word can have multiple meanings.

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