Martin Luther King III, the son of the civil rights great, is hoping to purchase 50 percent of the Mets.
In a report by the New York Post, King is uniting with ex-Mets player Ed Kranepool, businessman Donn Clendenon Jr. (yes, son of the 1969 World Series MVP for the Mets), TV executive Larry Meli and other investors with the goal of purchasing a majority share of the Mets.
The current owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, recently announced they intend to sell 20-25 percent of the club as they fend off lawsuits for a billion dollars due to the Mets' involvement in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. However, many in the game are saying the Wilpons may be forced to sell a majority share, if not the entire team.
And that's where King (photo courtesy Wikipedia) comes in, who would serve as the only African-American owner in baseball.
"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 said. "The time and place are right for it. It just seems to be the right mix of people."
Meli went on to add that he did not believe anything less than a 50-50 deal would make sense for the interested investors.
King's name could be an incredible draw to not just the current club, but to baseball as a whole. To have his name attached to a team as popular as the Mets would be an incredible asset.
"What professional athlete wouldn't want to play baseball for Martin Luther King III?" Meli said.
-- Evan Brunell