Monday, August 15, 2005

Investigating Drew ... politically speaking

If politics is your game, this will entertain you.

The actual letter follows the release.

News from
Councilman Frank DiCicco
1st District
For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Abernathy
(215) 686-1908 or (215) 669-9916

DICICCO ASKS PHILADELPHIA TO INVESTIGATE
OWENS’S AGENT

August 15, 2005

On Monday, Philadelphia City Councilman Frank DiCicco sent a letter to the City’s Department of Licensing and Inspections requesting an investigation into sports agent Drew Rosenhaus’s business license and tax status. Rosenhaus is the agent of Terrell Owens.

“Drew Rosenhaus has earned thousands of dollars on the backs of our beloved Eagles,” the letter states, “However, to my knowledge, the City has not earned a penny on the back of Mr. Rosenhaus.”

According to Philadelphia’s City Code, any individual doing business within the City must obtain a business privilege license and pay business privilege taxes. It is unclear whether or not Rosenhaus has complied with these provisions. Any individual found to have not obtained a license is subject to fines and up to 90 days imprisonment, as well as the payment of all taxes and penalties.

In recent weeks, Terrell Owens, often accompanied by Rosenhaus, has publicly complained about his contract, Eagles’ players and his coaches.

DiCicco admits that he does not follow football, closely, but his letter continues, “In a working class city, where the median salary is less than $30,000 per year, where we’re happy to find a parking space and have our trash picked-up, where we fight to keep our fire companies open and our recreation centers staffed, and where we love the Eagles more than we love our dogs, it’s insulting to watch a man do sit-ups in the driveway of his multi-million dollar house and complain about making $49 million over 7 years.”




August 15, 2005

Commissioner Robert Solvibile
Department of Licenses and Inspections
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd., 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Dear Commissioner:

For the past few weeks, I’ve watched Terrell Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus continually insult the Eagles, their coach, their players, their organization, and, most importantly, their fans. In a working class city, where the median salary is less than $30,000 per year, where we’re happy to find a parking space and have our trash picked-up, where we fight to keep our fire companies open and our recreation centers staffed, and where we love the Eagles more than we love our dogs, it’s insulting to watch a man do sit-ups in the driveway of his multi-million dollar house and complain about making $49 million over 7 years.

As I’ve watched this soap opera, I found myself wishing I could legislate his acceptance of his contract or, at the least, legislate a gag for him while that contract is renegotiated. Unfortunately, we both know that that’s impossible.

Fortunately, while I pondered T.O.’s predicament of feeding his family and my constituents’ predicament of adequate city services, I did discover a possible recourse. Drew Rosenhaus, Philadelphia’s favorite agent, has earned thousands of dollars on the backs of our beloved Eagles. However, to my knowledge, the City has not earned a penny on the back of Mr. Rosenhaus. Since our tax structure is an unfair burden to everyone else who does business in the City, I certainly would not want to exclude Mr. Rosenhaus as he seeks to unfairly burden our favorite team with a multi-million dollar pain in the ass. After all, we all have families to feed.

Please look into Mr. Rosenhaus’s business privilege license status and insure that he has paid all appropriate taxes, fees and fines and return the information to me, at your convenience. If you have further questions, please contact Brian Abernathy in my office at (215) 686-3458.

Sincerely,


Frank DiCicco
1st District Councilman

cc: Commissioner Nancy Kammerdeiner

2 Comments:

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Ace Pookie said...

forget the fines... send the slimeball to jail for 90 days till the whole "circus" blows over.

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not amused.

Rosenhaus is a fool, but DiCicco must be one as well. His constituents should tell him to stop grandstanding and get back to (legit) work.

 

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