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The walking, talking human headline that is the Donald is an addict, he just doesn’t know it yet. The publicity tycoon loves to rub up against success, so to speak. If you’re a winner – Trump wants you! If you’re creating news – Trump wants to call up Fox and Friends and give his two cents. Rupert Murdoch might own the news, but Trump makes the news. His poll numbers might fluctuate on the road to the White House in 2016, just don’t expect that to influence his behavior.
Most politicians come equipped with their corrupt donors, their dodgy PR agents. Some, we assume, are good people. But Donald doesn’t need any of that. He inherited all of his wealth at birth and has never had to work a day in his life. Trump doesn’t listen to advice and why would he? The man considers himself the best businessman on the planet and equates his book with the bible.
DT has a special relationship with sport. And by special, we mean incredibly embarrassing and scandalous. It suits his character to join the political elite because this is a history of all talk and no action. From his mooted takeovers of NFL and soccer clubs, dalliances with athletes and associations with shady boxing figures, Trump has tried to elevate himself on the shoulders of those much greater. Here are 10 Moments Donald Trump Used Sports To His Benefit.
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10 New York Mets Ownership 2011
The former BFF of George Steinbrenner didn’t wait long after he passed away in 2010 to have a crack at owning their rivals the Mets a year later. Big George would have been turning in his grave, up until the point he realized the whole thing was a hoax to get the Trump brand back in the papers for another week. Donald backtracked during an interview with Yahoo! Sports, yet reading between the lines it appeared he pulled out because he couldn’t be guaranteed 100% ownership of the franchise. That’s how he rolls people – all in or none at all!
9 Trump International Golf Links Course
Rated a mere 2.1 out of 5 stars on Google reviews, the Trump International Golf Links hotel and course represents the “glamor” and “prestige” that Trump is determined to champion for his own cause. He lost a court case against the Scotland government to take over a windfarm in Aberdeenshire last year in a bid to transform it to another course, an embarrassing moment if it weren’t for the fact the man lacked the ability to feel shame. Donald loves the sport because it allows rich people to revel in their own excellence.
8 Alex Rodriguez
Twitter is a perfect vehicle for someone like Donald. 140 characters - simple and straight to the point. In June 2013 he wanted to tell the world what he thought of Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, “I can’t believe the Yankees continue to pay A Rod – they have a perfect right stop (and should have stopped a long time ago) … George Steinbrenner would have done a major number on A Rod – there is no way he would have gotten paid, even with the help of the union!” He called A Rod a “less than average player” sometime later and what it told us was that no one in his native New York was off limits. Donald is the biggest roller in the city that never sleeps. Just ask him.
7 Linsanity Bandwagon
In 2012 only Gangnam Style was a bigger story. Linsanity swept the NBA, the nation and New York in particular. Enter Trump. Speaking with Access Hollywood, Donald was emphatic that Jeremy Lin was the best thing since sliced bread. “I think he’s going to be the real deal,” proclaimed the mogul. Even though he didn’t utter a word about the player before he burst onto the scene, Trump stated, “we thought it would happen much sooner.” It so happened that Lin was renting out a room at the Trump Hotel, so of course that put him onside right away.
6 Buffalo Bills Ownership Bid 2014
Boy oh boy did Buffalo dodge a bullet in 2014. Could you imagine the Bills being owned by a delusional businessman in New York bidding to be the leader of the free world? Trump doesn’t care for Buffalo nor football really for that matter, but when he lost out to Terry Pegula for the $1.4 billion sale, rather than take it on the chin and keep a low profile to avoid bringing attention to the loss, he went to Twitter. “Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen.” Come to think of it, his run at an NFL team is very similar to the presidency.
5 Tom Brady endorsement
The man who played with deflated footballs wants the next president to have an over-inflated opinion of themselves. Yes Tom Brady did tell reporters that it would be great to have Donald Trump as president in 2016. The fine political mind of the New England Patriots QB must have analyzed the policies and gauged where the country was before making a sound and educated choice. Either that, or concussion in the NFL is a problem beyond anyone’s comprehension. A more logical conclusion might indicate that Tom empathizes with someone who is universally hated. The VP spot is still open Tom!
4 New Jersey Generals USFL
The 1980s has a hell of a lot to answer for. Donald was the real life Gordon Gecko, living the motto “greed is good.” With his glorious natural hair in tact, Trump got on the bandwagon of the now-defunct United States Football League (USFL) taking ownership of the New Jersey Generals from J. Walter Duncan and Chuck Fairbanks in 1984. His strategy of attempting to buy out NFL players and compete directly against the traditional competition saw the USFL fold in 1987. Add this to a litany of ventures going bankrupt and it’s beyond belief how this man is still leading the GOP race.
3 Celebrity Apprentice
Jose Canseco, Dennis Rodman, Johnny Damon. You name us a washed up sports star from the 1980s, 1990s or early 2000s and the Donald will be calling you up to plug his hour-long advertisement called The Celebrity Apprentice. Now overtaken as host by Arnold Schwarzenegger amid his Presidential bid and a fight with the NBC network, the program has chewed up and spat out a showreel of various sports stars from yesteryear to boost the Trump profile. The athletes have tended to be the sensible ones among all the drama, with Jose Canseco looking incredibly docile compared to Meat Loaf and Gary Busey on season 11.
2 Colombian Soccer Club
No it’s not a misprint. The man who wants to build a giant wall to keep out the Mexicans flirted with the idea of buying a Colombian soccer club. If you think the Netflix series Narcos was a gritty reboot of the corrupt Pablo Escobar days in South America, wait until brand Trump enters the building! Donald’s alleged $100 million bid to purchase Atletico Nacional, like most things he tries, never came through. Maybe it was insulting all Latin Americans or having no connection to the club or sport, but we can all dream.
1 Don King Partnership
Don King – the brother from another mother. These two went together like peanut butter and jelly. Both deluded narcissists who ride on the success of others, Trump helped King to promote various fights during the halcyon days of Mike Tyson. The partnership brought knock-on benefits financially to each party until Trump lost interest. Aside from the hair, its not difficult to image a time where Don King was running for president while Trump promoted fights.
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