MLB Responds To Frank McCourt

After Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt held a conference call to proclaim that a) he was fiscally solvent and b) that Bud Selig and MLB had no right to respond by wresting control away from, Major League Baseball was quick to respond with a terse statement. From the official press release:

It is unfortunate that Mr. McCourt felt it necessary to publicize the content of a private meeting. It is even more unfortunate that Mr. McCourt's public recitation was not accurate. Most fundamental, Commissioner Selig did not 'veto' a proposed transaction. Rather, Mr. McCourt was clearly told that the Commissioner would make no decision on any transaction until after his investigation into the Club and its finances is complete so that he can properly evaluate all of the facts and circumstances.

"Equally important, there has been no seizure of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mr. Scheiffer has been appointed as a monitor, and a multi-page written directive from the Commissioner describing his role has been provided to Mr. McCourt. In our meeting, no one from the Dodgers asked a single, specific question about the terms of the document setting forth the monitor's role.

"Finally, Mr. McCourt is well aware of the basis of Baseball's investigation and has been provided an eight-page document describing the issues of concern to Major League Baseball."

It's not quite the same as a five-word statement that reads "Frank McCourt is a liar", but it's as close as MLB is probably going to come. Between McCourt's recalcitrant conference call, and baseball's quick, unapologetic response, it's looking like there's a battle royale brewing. Get the popcorn ready.

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