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Marlins' Samson Gets Into Contentious Interview Over MLB Deal
Published January 14, 2010
|Samson (l) Gets Into Heated Discussion
On WAXY's "The Dan Le Batard Show"
Le Batard: “You know what is going to happen, David. It’s going to appear like you’re hiding. You got tax payer money. You got a stadium.”
Samson: “It has nothing to do with anything, and that’s it. Onto the next.”
Le Batard: “So you can’t tell me why you guys have been singled out? Why it’s not the Padres, why it’s not the Pirates, why it’s not the Kansas City Royals?”
Samson: “I have earned this over the years, Dan, with you. … I have earned the right to tell you that I cannot and will not say one word about yesterday.”
Le Batard: “Can you explain to me why? Why would you agree to not talk about something? You’re not afraid to talk about anything.”
Samson: “That’s exactly right. I cannot and will not talk about this. It’s a non-starter. … There is obviously a reason and the reason is that we committed, all parties committed to have no further comment and there would be no further comment. That’s it.”
Le Batard: “Well, not being able to talk about it and not being willing to talk about it are two completely different things.”
Le Batard: “I’m uncomfortable because you realize that it seems silly to jump from being in the middle of the news and doing a weekly show with you to all of a sudden, reviewing a movie. … You do realize it puts me in the spot of making me look like a clown.”
Sampson: “The fact of the matter is that I have told you on air that I just won’t talk about it. … I think over the years, I’ve earned that right on this subject.”
Le Batard: “Don’t you sort of forfeit the earned right to be quiet on something like this when you’re in bed with the city? When you’re publicly financed? When it becomes a partnership? … Doesn’t asking for tax payer money sort of change that discussion a little bit?” (WAXY-AM, 1/13).
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