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Dodgers Bankruptcy Sale Involves a Bigger Fraud than Frank McCourt

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by rmanfredi, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    Dodger fans over the past few months were captivated by Josh Macciello, who had emerged in the press as a "mystery suitor" for the Dodgers in the bankruptcy auction. He had been dozens of interviews with local TV, news and print reporters (including extensive coverage on the Mason & Ireland Show on ESPN 710 and Ramona Shelbourne of ESPNLA.com) where he claimed to be a billionaire who made his money on mining rights and was interested in purchasing the Dodgers. He was young and looked more like a bartender at an Echo Park dive bar than a billionaire but got a lot of people excited that he would be the "common man" to bring local pride back to the Dodgers.

    Just one problem - he was a total fraud. The LA Weekly has a story in this week's edition detailing that Macciello was actually a convicted drug dealer with no money, no mining interests and no hope of buying the Dodgers. Yet he still managed to dupe some respected journalists into buying his story hook, line and sinker.

    http://www.laweekly.com/2012-03-15/news/joshua-macciello-los-angeles-dodgers-mccourt/
     
  2. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    That is a fantastic story...thanks for posting.
     
  3. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    Quick update: Mason & Ireland didn't address the topic on their show today and ESPN decided not to comment on it. I'd expect that from the ESPN flacks, but Mason & Ireland generally have a solid reputation and I'm pretty surprised they didn't take their medicine on this one.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/dodgers-josh-macciello-gene-maddaus-laweekly-steve-mason-john-ireland-ramona-shelburne-espn_b56373
     
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Good for Gene Maddeas.


    Getting one over on the hacks at espn 710 ain't rocket science.
     
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Good god, this makes Mason and Ireland look like the boobs they are.
     
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