Marlins Man aiding county in lawsuit against team
In today’s episode of the soap opera that is the Miami Marlins, one of the team’s most prominent former fans is aiding in a lawsuit against the team.
Miami-Dade County is locked in a legal dispute with former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria that centers around the accusation that Loria used underhanded methods to get out of a profit-sharing agreement with the city and county governments that came about as part of the construction of a new stadium. One sticking point is the allegation that the Marlins were attempting to claim foreign ownership, headquartered in the British Virgin Islands.
Marlins Man, real name Laurence Leavy, took a trip there to discover how far-fetched this assertion was, and the governments are now using his deposition against the team.
“Inside the Post Office, there were no Miami Marlins signs or logos anywhere, the employees in the Post Office were not wearing Miami Marlins clothes, and the employees stated they had no Miami Marlins forms or stationery,” Leavy stated in an affidavit, via Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald.
This whole ordeal has turned into a PR nightmare for current Marlins ownership, who are also named in the suit, and the steps they’ve taken have only made things worse for them.