Let’s remember nothing motivates Trump more than revenge. You could write a book, or three, about Trump’s financial reversals revolving around African Americans, football and the federal government. He’s using his current position to stick it to all three.
Black folks cost him a lot in his early “empire building” years by pushing back at his discrimination. His “no vacancies for blacks” policies in the 70’s forced him to settle a suit brought by the federal government in '73. Then they had to haul him back into court because he ignored the terms of the agreement. Last year the FBI released nearly 400 pages of records on an investigation the bureau conducted in the 1970s on the discrimination disputes.
The next decade, the 80’s, brought his many forays into professional football…make that failed forays. In 1981 he tried to purchase an NFL team in 1981, fronting a group that offered $50 million to buy the then-Baltimore Colts from Robert Irsay. Irsay rejected the offer. When UPI contacted him Trump said, “I have not given any offers for the team. Neither was I part of a group that did.” Not true.
The biggest humiliation is the controversial 1986 $3.76 award granted the USFL in its antitrust suit against the NFL. He and his racist attorney and mentor, Roy Cohn, helped lead that move. Here’s a blast from the past…
The Boston Globe reports Trump had an opportunity to purchase the New England Patriots for about $80 million but when he learned he would also inherit the team’s debt he pulled out. Trump’s made a lot of financial blunders but this was a biggie. The team’s worth more than $3 billion today.
In 2014, he made a hard push to buy the Buffalo Bills but the natural gas billionaire, Terry Pegula outbid him. Of course his tweet after the failed deal claimed he was just bidding to keep the Bills in Buffalo where they belong…” Mission accomplished ”. Five minutes later he tweets: “ Wow. @nfl ratings are down big league. Glad I didn’t get the Bills. Rather be lucky than good .”
And let’s not forget the way the black guy who had the job before him roasted him at the Press Club dinner…he sure hasn’t.