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

T.O. gets a letter

From ESPN.com:

The Philadelphia Eagles have sent wide receiver Terrell Owens a letter outlining what they perceive is a series of behavioral problems over the last two weeks, a league source told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

Owens acknowledged in a conversation on Monday with ESPN's Michael Irvin that he had received the letter.

The letter was sent over the weekend and arrived at Owens' home in Atlanta on Monday, two days before he is scheduled to meet with head coach Andy Reid at the Eagles' practice facility.

A source characterized the letter as the beginning of a process to suspend Owens from the team if Owens' behavior does not change after that meeting takes place. Owens is expected, according to the Eagles, to rejoin the team on Wednesday, but Reid has said he would only allow Owens back on the field if he sees a marked change in his behavior and attitude.

Who would have thought?

The Philles go 5-1 on a West Coast road trip, sweeping the Padres and taking two of three from the Dodgers. The Phils did exactly what they had to do on the road and now come home for a big series against the Nationals.

Yes, the Nationals. Those former Expos are in town tonight for series with huge wild-card ramifications. The Phillies are only 1/2-game behind the Astros and the Nationals are only one-game back.

While the Nationals have struggled on offense all season, they have won three in a row, beating up on the Rockies.

What are your predictions for what happens?