Former Miami Marlins president, David Samson was booed loudly while making an appearance at ESPN and Miami based radio host, Dan Le Batard’s 50th birthday partyover the weekend.
As the booing ensued, Samson flashed his middle finger and shouted “Thank you so much; thank you very much.”
“Here’s why I love when you guys boo me,” Samson continued proudly. “Right. I want you to keep booing me. Because guess what? One-point-two billion. F–k you!”
Samson was part of the group under former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria which convinced Miami tax-payers to pay $1.2 billion for a new stadium, only to turn around and sell the dismal franchise soon after.
On Wednesday, Samson joined Le Batard’s ESPN radio show where he doubled down on his comments. “We were all in the moment, and I was just adjusting to the moment,” Samson said . “I am not apologizing for doing my job.” Adding he would not let anyone question “whether I have affinity, love, and respect for Miami.”
At first Le Batard defended Samson, calling it a piece of performance art while telling people that didn’t like it, “You don’t get the show.”
“These bleeping fun suckers.” wrote Le Batard on Twitter. “Samson was playing the heel wrestling manager. No one would seriously wear that jacket. I was booing Samson before taking the mic from him”
Later, while speaking with the Miami New Times Wednesday afternoon, Le Batard backed off his defense of Samson a little bit. “I’m embarrassed that it happened at our party, given how much I care about Miami and journalism,” the popular radio host said. “At the same time, I can also see the funny in it. I don’t expect everyone to, but that’s sort of the nature of performance art.”
While there may have been some people who “get the show” and enjoyed the Samson bit, there are certainly many Miami tax-payers still sensitive to the way Samson assisted in the acquisition of 1.2 billion dollars from them to bring the Marlins a new stadium.