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Former Magic CEO Vander Weide Confirms Late Night Phone Call to Dwight Howard

2011 December 6

It sounded too good to be true. How can the leader and face of one of the most respected organizations in sports “drunk dial” it’s superstar player? Especially with all the current media attention surrounding Dwight at the moment. David Baumann of Bright House Sports Network spoke directly with Vander Weide this afternoon and BVW confirmed that he did indeed have a late conversation with Dwight Howard and that saw how it could have been deemed inappropriate.

“I was playing paddle with friends and had a couple of glasses of wine,” Vander Weide told BHSN.  “Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine… Maybe I should have waited until the morning.”

Bob didn’t exactly own that explanation, did he? The bottom line is that it WAS inappropriate and more importantly, it was reckless.  Ultimately it is highly unlikely that the singular phone call will make much of a difference in this process for Dwight but it was foolish and sophmoric on the part of Vander Weide.

Vander Weide would go on to explain during the talk with Baumann that he has been planning his exit for some time:

“I felt engrained in the committees.  Part of the reason I’m stepping down from my role now is because I wanted to complete my role in the new CBA, planning committee and audit finance.  I am faithful to David Stern, I really wanted to get through the CBA.”

Take from that what you will.  The rest of the conversation goes on to state that the team has a “good idea” where Dwight Howard’s head is at and also denies that BVW was having any marital problems (link).

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