Peter Angelos’ wife Georgia on Wednesday became the latest and possibly the most important voice to side with her son John Angelos as head of the Orioles against a lawsuit filed last week by her other son.
Family patriarch and O owner Peter Angelos is ill and no longer manages his estates, Louis Angelos, 52, sues his older brother and mother last week due to what he said were attempts by John Angelos to seize control of the team and other assets.
But in a statement released Wednesday by the Orioles, Georgia Kousouris Angelos reaffirmed her role as her husband’s voice and voiced her support for eldest son John, 54.
“I alone have the right to manage the family’s assets and make decisions,” Georgia Angelos said.
“Since I appointed John Angelos as Chairman and CEO of Orioles in 2020, he has led the organization thoughtfully and effectively, including through unprecedented difficult times,” said the 80-year-old head of the family. “John has complete confidence in me and also in Major League Baseball.”
Peter Angelos, now 92, instructed his wife to act on his behalf, according to a power of attorney that was among the documents Louis Angelos included when he filed his lawsuit. The document, signed in October 2017 as Peter Angelos’ health began to fail, stated that if his wife was no longer able to manage her affairs, the power of attorney would pass to the couple’s two sons, acting “jointly or separately”.
In a lawsuit filed in Baltimore County District Court last Thursday, Luis Angelos said his mother wanted to sell the Orioles, adding credibility to a rumor that has long swirled around the team, especially since Peter Angelos stepped down from the helm.
The lawsuit states that John Angelos “did everything in his power to stall and ultimately thwart plans to sell the club” by single-handedly torpedoing “one highly credible group of buyers”.
The lawsuit backed up another rumor with the conclusion that John Angelos’ consolidation of control over the team could allow him to relocate the team to Tennessee, where he lives in Nashville with his wife, a country music singer-songwriter.
But on Monday, John Angelos denied that the Orioles were going anywhere. In a statement also released by the team, John Angelos reiterated the previous assertion that the Ohs would remain in Baltimore. “While Fort McHenry stands guard over the Inner Harbor.” The statement said nothing about the sale of the team, as well as the fact that his brother sued him.
But Georgia Angelos’ statement began by condemning “the false and painful claims that were made in the lawsuit my son Louis filed against me and my eldest son John.
“I want to be clear,” she said.
In addition, the Maryland Stadium Authority, owner of the team at Camden Yards, told The Baltimore Sun that it had recognized John Angelos as the team’s general manager. Citing their “excellent working relationship”, authorities said they were continuing negotiations with John Angelos for a new lease to keep the Orioles in the city.
The team is in the final year of a lease that includes a clause expressly banning “the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball team from moving out of Baltimore, Maryland.” favorite football team Colts.
There are currently $600 million in bonds that the General Assembly has approved and Gov. Larry Hogan has signed into law to improve Camden Yards, as well as a similar amount for Ravens Stadium. No bonds can be issued without a lease, and the lease must last long enough to pay off the longest-term bonds.
While there is no guarantee that the new lease will contain the same no-relocation clause as the current one, the stadium management has stated that such clauses are common to such contracts. The terms of the lease will apply to the new owner if the club is sold, authorities said.
The family fireworks attracted a lot of attention, how the Orioles Nation reflected on what this means for the team, which, despite all its losing ways in recent years, manages to hold a hold on local hearts.
Georgia Angelos noted her deep roots in the city, saying she was “born and raised in northeast Baltimore, within walking distance of Memorial Stadium, and attended the city’s public schools: PS 50, PS 49, and East High School.”
“I attended the first Orioles vernissage in 1954,” she said, going on to thank her husband and his partners for restoring local property when they bought the team four decades later. According to her, this avoided “the constant threat of relocation, which caused the Colts to leave Baltimore.
“Any suggestion that Peter, John or I will look into moving the club is false and deliberately divisive,” she said.
Fans should be reassured by this statement, said Alan M. Rifkin, former outside legal counsel for Orioles.
“She was and always has been a pillar of honesty and sincerity,” he told The Sun. “The public and fans of Orioles should be very pleased with her ongoing commitment to the city.”
Georgia Angelos’ statement denies allegations made by Louis Angelos in his lawsuit. He describes his brother as plotting to get rid of the lawyers and team officials who were loyal to his father and replace them with “go-go people” who would allow him to exercise complete control. To do this, the lawsuit alleged, he intimidated and confused his mother into agreeing to amendments to a trust created by Peter Angelos for his assets.
Louis Angelos’ attorney, Jeffrey E. Nusinov, previously condemned John Angelos’ statement in which John Angelos said that he “was appointed chairman and CEO in accordance with the wishes expressed by my parents.” Nusinov did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
The lawsuit also alleged that John Angelos hired attorney Chris Jones to work solely for him and not for the family. John Angelos wife Margaret Valentine took Jones’ daughter, an aspiring country music singer, under her wing. as a result, she got the opportunity to perform at Camden Yards.
But Georgia Angelos defended Jones’ “professionalism and honesty”, saying he was a friend and invaluable friend in the family estate and Oriole planning.
“Chris and his family and my son John and his family must apologize,” she said.
She also expressed regret to the Orioles staff and, most importantly, dedicated Orioles fans for the public display of the battle in her normally private family.
“I have always believed,” she said, “that family disputes and worries should remain among family members.
“I look forward to putting this issue behind us all.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker contributed to this article.