Ex-Philly Mayor Says Eagles Lied About Lawsuits

If you know Philadelphia, you know it’s a corrupt town. It came out that the last mayor was being wiretapped by the FBI, and he still won re-election. So what does it say about the Eagles when that former mayor is calling them liars and cheats?

Tom Ridge, John Street, Jeffrey Lurie, Andy Reid

(l to r: Tom Ridge(?!), John Street, Liar, Hambeast)

To condense the legal mumbo-jumbo, here’s the gist: the city was suing the Eagles, until the Eagles threatened to sue the city for, coincidentally, the same amount of money. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie went to then-mayor John Street, and allegedly made a handshake deal to just let both lawsuits go away quietly for $1 million. Now, Street says there never was such a deal, and protesters are marching on Lurie’s lawn.

It’s always shady in Philadelphia, after the jump.

The city sued the team for $8 million, for the luxury box revenue generated in 2000 and 2001, as per the lease on the Vet. So the Eagles lawyers reached into their asses and pulled out a countersuit, claiming damages for a 2001 exhibition game that was canceled because of poor turf conditions. How that’s the city’s fault, I’ve no clue, but luckily for the Eagles their calculators show the lost revenues at just about $8 million.

According to Eagles officials, they and the city agreed to a handshake deal that would drop both suits, and give the city a million dollars, well worth it to stop legal fees from continuing to climb. Basically, they’d call it a tie, and Donovan McNabb would learn another valuable lesson.

Lurie and team president Joe Banner said Street agreed to that deal, and - oops for the city - the same contention was sworn to by attorney Dean Adler, who was representing the city during the negotiations that led to the construction of Lincoln Financial Field.

During the entire plotline of this fascinating story, one of the team’s desires, according to Banner’s affidavit, was an agreement that would “make this go away,” without a lot of bad publicity and legal wrangling.

Well, here’s your bad publicity. Street now says that a certain team’s owners are perjuring themselves.

Street showed up at City Hall last week and called Lurie, Banner and Adler liars. Sworn liars, in fact, which is against the law.

“I never agreed to a deal,” Street told reporters. “If I had agreed to a deal, I would have put it in writing. It’s almost ludicrous to think a mayor would tell two private citizens, ‘You go and make a deal that binds the City of Philadelphia and there’s not going to be any writing of any kind.’ “

Last month, about fifty protesters showed up at Lurie’s suburban mansion and sang, to the tune of the team’s fight song, “Pay, Eagles, pay.” With this not going away, I expect we’ll see additional lawsuits. For Lurie’s sake, I hope they can get this settled before the end of the year; the Eagles have trouble winning the big one in January.