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    Orlando Magic CEO Resigns Days After Allegedly Drunk Dialing Dwight Howard



    Nov. 13, 2011: Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard laughs while falling to the floor after attempting a 3-point shot during the first half of an exhibition basketball game in Orlando, Fla.


    ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide has resigned after nearly 20 years with the NBA club, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

    Vander Weide, 50, made the decision to step down just days after making a drunken, early-hour phone plea to Magic superstar Dwight Howard, in the hopes of keeping the dominant big man in Orlando.

    The longtime NBA executive admitted to Bright House Sports Network (BHSN) he may have been intoxicated when he called Howard at 1:00am to let him know how much he wanted to keep him in a Magic uniform.

    "Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine... Maybe I should have waited until the morning," Vander Weide told BHSN Tuesday.

    Howard, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, is expected to be courted by several teams across the league.

    Vander Weide did not cite the late-night mishap as a deciding factor to his resignation, adding he and Howard maintain "a very good relationship."

    Sources told BHSN Vander Weide's decision was linked to ongoing marital problems with his wife Cheri, who is the daughter of Magic owner Rich DeVos.

    Vander Weide denied the report, telling BHSN there was "no divorce" in the works, but added part of his decision to step down was "to put more of focus on family."

    "I have five kids; two in college, a 15-year-old, 13-year-old and nine-year-old and they deserve more attention than I have been able to give them in the past few years," said Vander Weide whose contract was set to expire on Dec. 31.

    Vander Weide joined the Magic in 1992 as vice president of basketball operations. He then served as the club's president for 16 years before being named CEO in July 2010. He is expected to remain with the team in a consulting role.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/1...#ixzz1fnfe9l5V

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    Default Re: Magic CEO resigns days after allegedly drunk dialing Dwight Howard

    wow....never heard of this as a reason to resign...
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    This might not be the real reason there's a rumor (take it with a grain of salt) that he was caught cheating on his wife and that's why he's stepping down.

    Normally nobody cares but the wife is the owner's daughter...

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    He didn't resign because of the call. His resignation was known by people close to the Organization for a while.

    Now because he had too much wine and drunk dialed his star Center is just fodder for a funny side story. And also perfectly illustrates how much worse a front office can be than ours. Be happy we aren't the Tragic. TRUST ME.
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    He didn't resign because of the call. His resignation was known by people close to the Organization for a while.

    Now because he had too much wine and drunk dialed his star Center is just fodder for a funny side story. And also perfectly illustrates how much worse a front office can be than ours. Be happy we aren't the Tragic. TRUST ME.
    The Pacers FO I'm fine with for the most part.

    The Colts have fulfilled the tragic dysfunctional FO quota this season.

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    Default Re: Magic CEO resigns days after allegedly drunk dialing Dwight Howard

    Usually after I dial an ex drunk, I don't quit my job.

    To each his own I guess.

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    The Pacers FO I'm fine with for the most part.

    The Colts have fulfilled the tragic dysfunctional FO quota this season.
    And there it is. The CF4L Uncalled-for Shot at the Polians.



    Anyway, I think this is funny. I can only imagine what Dwight was thinking.

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    Usually after I dial an ex drunk, I don't quit my job.

    To each his own I guess.

    He probably can afford it (maybe not if the marital problems rumor is true) however as an owner if my GM did that I would want him gone as well. Its a bad look I mean really. Who will take you seriously after that?

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    And there it is. The CF4L Uncalled-for Shot at the Polians.



    Anyway, I think this is funny. I can only imagine what Dwight was thinking.

    Yeah that's it not as if they actually deserve to be criticized or anything........

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    This might not be the real reason there's a rumor (take it with a grain of salt) that he was caught cheating on his wife and that's why he's stepping down.

    Normally nobody cares but the wife is the owner's daughter...
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