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Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie Stresses Team Will Not Suffer With His Impending Divorce
Published August 31, 2012
MAN IN CHARGE: In Philadelphia, Jeff McLane in a front-page piece writes it has "been a year of change for Lurie and the Eagles," as in addition to Lurie's divorce, Eagles President Joe Banner, "Lurie's longtime friend, stepped down." Lurie said that Banner is "still a senior adviser to the team." But McLane notes Banner is "expected to become president of the Browns" once Jimmy Haslam III's purchase of the team is approved. Meanwhile, Christina Lurie has "remained visible at Eagles games and functions this preseason" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/31). Also in Philadelphia, Bob Ford writes under the header, "Lurie Asserts That He Controls The Eagles." Lurie "lost none of his organizational leverage" when his divorce was finalized, nor any of his "ownership compass" when the team parted ways with Banner. Lurie "empathizes with what Reid has been going through in his own personal life." Lurie said of Reid's future with the team, "It's always been my decision. I'm a good listener, and I surround myself with good people, but this is a very, very subjective decision, and I've always been the one to make it. Whether (it is) hiring, changing, whatever, all those are mine" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/31).