UPDATE: Georgia Kousouris Angelos has also issued a statement.
Original story below…
BALTIMORE, MD—John Angelos has released a statement on the future of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles’ chairman and CEO has addressed recent reports of infighting among members of the Angelos family and rumors that he was secretly hoping to move the team to Tennessee.
Last week, Louis Angelos filed a lawsuit against his brother John alleging that he was attempting to seize control of the team.
The lawsuit included the insinuation from Louis Angelos that John Angelos would consider moving the team to Tennessee if he gained full control, according to The Baltimore Sun. John Angelos has a home there with his wife, a country music singer-songwriter who owns a Nashville-based entertainment company.
John Angelos addressed those rumors on Monday morning, asserting that the Orioles will “never leave” Baltimore
The full statement can be viewed below:
As I have said before, as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore.
My mother was born and raised in northeast Baltimore, attended city public schools at Eastern High School, and has worked with my father their entire lives to help the city, including by restoring the club to local ownership and preventing its relocation. For them, as for me, the Orioles will forever play at Oriole Park, and at no time ever have we contemplated anything different.
Since I was appointed Chairman and CEO according to my parents’ expressed wishes, and voted as the control person for the team by the 30 Major League Clubs, I have taken significant steps to ensure that our beloved franchise’s future remains in Charm City. Just two months ago we celebrated the Maryland General Assembly passing a bill promising to put $1.2 billion into reinvesting and reimagining the Camden Yards Sports Complex, which includes Oriole Park, ensuring the team will continue to play right here in downtown Baltimore for generations to come. Maryland is committed to keeping our team in this great state, and I am equally committed to keeping the Orioles at the heart of our state. As stewards of “The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball,” we will continue to strengthen our community, generate another $10 billion in economic impact for the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland, and welcome another 70 million people to downtown Baltimore over the next 30 years and beyond. There is nothing uncertain about the future of the Baltimore Orioles.
I want to assure our Orioles players and coaches, our dedicated front office Senior Leadership Team and staff, and our devoted fans, trusted partners, elected, civic, and non-profit leaders, and our entire community, that the Orioles will never leave. From 33rd Street to Camden Yards, the Birds of Baltimore, the iconic team of Brooks, Earl, Jim, Frank, Cal, and Eddie, will forever remain in the only city that our family and our partnership group has called, or will ever call, home – the finest city and birthplace of our national anthem of which we are enduringly proud and to which we are forever committed.