In light of the false and painful claims that have been alleged in the lawsuit that my son Louis has brought against me and my older son John, I want to set the record straight.
My husband of fifty-six years, Peter, has appointed me his sole Attorney in Fact and the sole controlling trustee of his revocable trust. I, alone, have the authority to manage the family’s assets and make decisions, and I take this responsibility very seriously.
Since I appointed John Angelos as Chairman and CEO of the Orioles in 2020, he has led the organization thoughtfully and effectively, including through unprecedentedly challenging times. John has my full faith as well as the trust and confidence of Major League Baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive leadership group, and the “control persons” of the 29 other MLB Clubs who voted to approve John as the Orioles’ control person.
At my direction, John worked exhaustively and successfully for two years with Governor Larry Hogan, MSA Chairman Tom Kelso, Mayor Brandon Scott and the Legislative leadership of Maryland to pass the law to modernize Camden Yards and ensure that the Orioles remain in Baltimore in perpetuity.
I was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, within walking distance of Memorial Stadium, attending City public schools at PS 50, PS 49, and Eastern High School. I attended the first Orioles Opening Day in 1954. Four decades later, our partnership group restored the team to local ownership, thereby avoiding the constant threat of relocation that had taken the Colts away from Baltimore. Any suggestion that Peter, John, or I would explore moving the Club is false and intentionally divisive.
As the sole Attorney in Fact and controlling trustee, I have relied upon a sophisticated team of senior business advisors, consultants, attorneys and nationally recognized legal, financial, tax, and estate planning firms, with whom John and I on behalf of the Orioles and my family have worked on all matters. Within that group, I have the highest regard for the professionalism and integrity of Chris Jones and his partners at the law firm of Moore & Van Allen, who have provided invaluable counsel in our family estate planning, and in the Orioles’ near- and long-term strategic planning. I consider Chris a friend, and Chris and his family as well as my son John and his family are owed an apology for this baseless, unfounded, and defamatory Complaint.
I have always believed that family disputes and concerns should remain among family members, and I deeply regret any distraction that this may have caused to our dedicated Orioles Senior Leadership Team and staff, our many community partners, and most importantly, devoted Orioles’ fans.
I look forward to putting this matter behind us all.