Norman Braman: "I Honestly Believe Jeffrey Loria Is Getting a Bad Rap"

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Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has found an unlikely defender in Norman Braman. Yes, the billionaire auto magnate and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles may have been the face of opposition to publicly financing Marlins Park, but at the end of the day, he is a businessman, and he can't help but admire Loria's business savvy.

"I honestly believe Jeffrey Loria is getting bad rap," Braman told ESPN. "Jeff was no different than any of the other sports owners, and I can name them on my left hand, right hand, toes on my foot, who have gone out and suckered the public in getting public tax dollars to construct something and build something that they should do themselves."

Braman also points out that you can't totally blame Loria for taking advantage of a good business deal that was offered to him by the county government at the time.

As a former professional sports team owner himself, Braman can't help but emphasize a little with Loria's decision to slash payroll. ESPN points out that when Braman owned the Eagles, he let Reggie White go. White ended up with the Packers and helped the team win two Super Bowls.

"If he kept the same people, everyone would say, 'My God, the season is starting the same way; they're losing all these games,'" Braman said. "Who knows in retrospect. If these young players turn out to be excellent players, does that make Jeffrey Loria a hero instead of a bum? Only time will tell."

At the end of the day, you can't count on one superrich dude to totally throw another superrich guy under the bus, but this is quite a turnaround for Braman. Last month he dismissed Loria as a "jock-sniffer."

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Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

Loria LIED about the teams finances and HE'S reaping ALL THE BENEFITS! We're not being hard enough on him and every other asshole like him- if he's so worried bout being a good guy how bout giving those monies back to the community? Don't thing hes THAT good a guy..

Carlos Franco
Carlos Franco

we are being hard enough on jeff loria and our officials who allow these deals to happen

berry305
berry305

Braman can't help but "empathize" not "emphasize" with Loria, and Reggie White helped the Packers win one superbowl (he helped them go to two, but they lost the second to the Broncos).

Daniel
Daniel

This is the same Norman Braman who as owner of the Philadelphia Eagles threatened to move the franchise to Phoenix unless the TAXPAYERS built him a brand new stadium.

Braman is nothing more than a fucking HYPOCRITE of the nth degree. I guess he thinks people aren't aware of his own history.

Think again, Normy.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

What did you expect, a rich asshole to not say a good thing about another rich asshole?

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

"If he kept the same people, everyone would say, 'My god, the season is starting the same way; they're losing all these games,'" Braman said. "Who knows in retrospect. If these young players turn out to be excellent players, does that make Jeffrey Loria a hero instead of a bum? Only time will tell."

Loria is off the hook for Reyes, as an 8 week/2 month injury happened last week.

Kenny Southwell
Kenny Southwell

a good season for a marlins player usually mens you have just become trade bait because you are NOT getting a lucrative long term deal to STAY! i would take a competetive team year after year over a championship team that gets dismantled.

Jay Maxwell
Jay Maxwell

he deserves a bad rap. hes bad for baseball period...

Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza
Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza

If these players turn out to be excellent players, Loria will trade them instead of adding to them and building a contender.

Kenia West
Kenia West

isnt this the guy who asked for to built a stadium and then sold all the good players? :x

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Hey Jeffrey Loria, lend me hundreds of millions of dollars and I'll manage it just like how you did and you TELL ME if you are getting just a bad rap? What say you? I got my routing number handy. :)

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