Well, it was technically the Dodgers themselves who filed the latest brief, this one telling the divorce court — quite reasonably, mind you — that it has no business telling a private company whom it must and must not hire or fire, no matter who owns it. Best quote:
“Given the dysfunction which was caused by the Petitioner’s prior employment, her inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee and the clear acrimonious relationship between her and Mr. Court (sic), if she were reinstated by order of this Court it would no doubt lead to this Court being called upon to oversee the day to day management of the Dodgers.”
I love how Frank McCourt’s lawyer misspells his name to make it look like it is a totally different party filing this thing. I also love how “The Dodgers” cite Jamie’s “inappropriate relationship.” If this really was the team advocating its own interests separate and apart from Frank’s, don’t you think they’d want to be more circumspect about citing the reasons for the employee’s dismissal? What company cites this sort of thing in a public filing in a case in which they’re not a party?
Of course the answer is that this isn’t really the Dodgers acting in their own interests as a corporation or partnership or whatever type of entity it is. This is Frank trying to get his infidelity allegations out there as soon as he possibly can (his big brief contra Jamie’s will likely take a few days to put together). That “the Dodgers” filing is signed by Frank McCourt’s divorce lawyer pretty much says it all. Are there any minority owners involved in that team at all who can put an end to this silliness and get the team its own representation, or are Frank and Jamie the only people around? It’s behavior like this — and Jamie McCourt’s using the team as her personal bank account as she admitted in her own filing — that gets corporate veils pierced.
And before you say anything: yes, I realize I’m linking TMZ again. I blame Major League Baseball and FOX. If there weren’t so many damn days off in October I’d have some actual baseball to write about.