The oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is currently discussing the possibility of owning part of the New York Mets baseball team.
Martin Luther King III is expected to meet with Mets owners Fredd and Jeff Wilpon this month to discuss a probable ownership of 50 percent of the team, the New York Post reports. The son of the civil rights leader said that he received a call from Larry Meli, a television executive and friend, who introduced the idea to him.
“He asked me if I would want to be part of the ownership of a National League baseball team,” King told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I told him that it was something I would need to explore.”
The group includes Meli and former Met players Ed Kranepool and Donn Clendenon Jr, son of the 1969 Mets World Series MVP.
These efforts arose after the Wilpons announced that they were planning to sell up to 25 percent of their team because of financial issues caused by investments made with ponsy-schemer Bernie Madoff. Forbes magazine has reported that the Mets are currently worth $858 million.
.”It’s fitting with the legacy of Jackie Robinson essentially transferring to the Mets; what better place to have African American ownership than with the Mets,” Meli stated.
There are currently no African-American owners for Major League Baseball teams.