FRED MALEK: HATES JEWS AND COOKS PUPPIES, BUT HEY, HE’S NOT MARK CUBAN
According to Rick Telander and the Sun Times, ownership of the Chicago Cubs is down to three finalists. NBA owner Mark Cuban apparently made the highest initial bid at $1.3 billion.
For those who might think that Cuban is too controversial to be approved by MLB, consider the alternative. Today’s Chicago Tribune points out that one of the three proposed ownership groups is headed by Fred Malek. If Malek’s name sounds vaguely familiar he’s the former perspective owner of the Washington Nationals who BARBECUED A PUPPY. Malek also took part in one of the most disgraceful examples of anti-semitism in American political history.
While serving in the Nixon administration, Malek agreed to help Chuck Colson and H.R. Haldeman feret out a “Jewish cabal” at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Malek turned over a list of Democrats and Jews who were then targeted by Nixon and his henchmen.
However, Malek is most famous as the subject of a Deadspin.com feature that was written during his attempt to buy the Washington Nationals. The article described how Malek and a group of friends once cooked a dog on a spit:
After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had “caught a dog and were barbecuing it.” Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. The insides of the dog had been removed, and a bottle of liquor was found on a nearby park table. Backes said the men told him they had been drinking earlier in the evening at a West Bluff tavern. One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill.