Orlando Magic CEO, Bob Vander Weide, Steps Down After Drunk Dialing Dwight Howard
As if the city of Orlando, and the Orlando Magic didn’t have enough going on surrounding Dwight Howards upcoming free agency. It’s takes yet another weird turn, as Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide, has resigned as CEO of the team, and Alex Martin current President will now take over as CEO.
When I first read the headline, I assumed that this was the beginning of the end, sources say that Dwight met with team execs, and had a conversation with GM Otis Smith in recent days. So I thought that meant that the meetings didn’t go well, and Vander Weide was jumping ship, like Urban Meyer did. Then the details came out that he recently called Dwight, at 1 a.m., and Dwight believed he was intoxicated during that call. The conversation consisted of Vander Weide telling Howard how much the team wanted to keep him. He later revealed to Bright House Sports Network that he was hanging out with some friends and indeed “had a couple glasses of wine,” then added
“Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine… Maybe I should have waited until the morning.”
Uh, you think? Vander Weide has been in the business for over 20 years, and I understand that people don’t make the best decisions when they are intoxicated, but this is a bit much. Him stepping down was the right thing to do, whether it was by choice or force, he had to go, because the organization could not take the chance that this incident was the cause if he choose to leave to leave the organization at the end of the season. I’m sure he was very good at what he did, but again, the team couldn’t take the chance of making Dwight feel awkward about what had happened. Bob, you’re lucky some dumbass in Chicago tried to rob an MMA fighter or you would have been in the running for Jeanius of the Week, which may well happen next week. Vander Weide will stay on with the team as a consultant, he says it will let him become more of a fan, and “spend more time with his family,” <—– There goes that again (Urban Meyer).
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