Trump poses with ex-49ers boss Eddie DeBartolo Jr. after he was convicted of his conviction in the casino
President Trump has former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. congratulations after forgiving the football boss who paid $ 400,000 to win a river boat casino license.
DeBartolo, 73, pleaded guilty to the crime of not reporting a crime in the corruption case that former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards sent to prison for eight years. DeBartolo received a fine of $ 1 million and a probationary period of two years in 1998.
“Congratulations to Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and your wonderful family of friends! ” Trump tweeted yesterday when he shared photos of the DeBartolo Oval Office with his daughter Nikki and her husband Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.
Several former NFL stars were also present, including Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Charles Haley and Ronnie Lott. “I take my hat off for Donald Trump for what he did,” Rice said at a press conference.
Eddie DeBartolo with President Donald Trump, his daughter Nikki DeBartolo and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, the husband of Nikki
“Congratulations to Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and your wonderful family of friends! ” Trump tweeted yesterday while sharing photos from the Oval Office
Trump poses with DeBartolo, his family and former NFL stars in the Oval Office on Tuesday
Brown called DeBartolo a “big man.”
Trump pardoned ten others on Tuesday, including the former Illinois government, Rod Blagojevich, who was in prison for political corruption, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik imprisoned for tax fraud, and Michael Milken, the “junk bond king” of the years 1980.
The unscrupulous character of Michael Douglas, Gordon Gekko in the Wall Street movie, was at least partly based on Milken.
Supporters of the Milken pardon were Giuliani and the owner of New England Patriots, Robert Kraft and transport secretary Elaine Chao.
Ironically, it was Giuliani who in 1989 accused Milken of 98 counts of racketeering and fraud under the RICO law.
DeBartolo, the son of a prominent real estate development family, owned the 49ers for 23 years and won five Super Bowls as their owner.
He resigned as owner in 1997 after two Louisiana newspapers reported that he would be charged with gambling fraud.
In 1992, DeBartolo was accused of sexual abuse by a cocktail waitress he met at a local bar in California. He denied any misconduct and was never charged, but allegedly paid $ 200,000 to settle the case out of court.
Trump has the punishment of the former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (top left) converted and granted a trio: former New York City police chief Bernie Kerik (top right), junk bonded King Michael Milken (bottom left) and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr (bottom right)
Former American NFL football players Jerry Rice (L), Charles Haley (C) and Ronnie Lott (R) speak to the news media following the announcement of a complete grace of former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr by US President Donald J. Trump at the White House in Washington
Rice, who won three Super Bowls with the 49ers as a broad receiver, praised DeBartolo for the ownership of the team.
“It was all about family. That is really what they stood for. And that’s why I think we’ve won so many championships, “Rice said.
“Eddie was like that 12th man on that soccer field. You know this guy, you know, he wanted us to win. And I think he’s the main reason why we won so many Super Bowls. So today is a great day for him. I am happy to be here and to be part of it. And you know, it’s just something I’ll never forget. You know, this man, he has done so much in the community, he has done so much in NFL football, “he commented.
Pastor Darrell Scott, former NFL player Jim Brown, and White House Deputy Secretary Hogan Gidley step out of the West Wing after talking to DeBartolo with President Trump
Former NFL football player Jerry Rice praised Trump’s decision
Former NFL football player Jim Brown has long been a supporter of Trump
Jim Brown, who praised Trump’s decision, is a long-standing proponent of the president who co-hosted an inauguration party after Trump won the 2016 election.
DeBartolo organized that event together with Brown, who honored those close to the president, including Michael Cohen, the then personal attorney of Trump who later went to jail for violation of campaign finance and tax fraud, and Omarosa Manigault Newman, the “apprentice” participant became Assistant to the White House who was later fired from that position.
The former fullback for the Cleveland, Brown was also at the White House in October 2018 when Trump met rapper Kayne West in the Oval Office.
The grace amid speculation will forgive Trump Roger Stone
In the meantime, Trump more than used his grace powers as speculation as to whether he would grant his old friend and former campaign assistant Roger Stone the same rescue.
Stone was convicted on seven points, including tampering with witnesses and lying to investigators, as part of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump called the case against Stone “infected” in a tweet on Tuesday morning, but the judge refused a motion by Stone’s lawyers for a new trial.
A crooked police commissioner and a governor trying to tear down a children’s hospital: Who’s Who by Donald Trump’s pardon spree
Financer Michael Milken is known for his pioneering high-yield ‘junk’ bonds.
In March 1989, a federal grand jury accused Milken of 98 counts and fraud and pleaded guilty to six counts of securities and tax violations.
Milken, 73, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crimes as he led the bond department of investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert and was fined $ 600 million.
His sentence was later reduced to two years after he cooperated with the federal authorities.
Trump praised Milken’s work on cancer research and said he “has gone around and done incredible work for the world with all his cancer research.”
Milken survived prostate cancer and was a co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation and is chairman of the Milken Institute – the charity fund for research into melanoma, cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Kerik was appointed Commissioner of New York Police by Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is now Trump’s personal lawyer.
In June 2006, Kerik pleaded with the Bronx Supreme Court guilty of two ethical violations.
Kerik acknowledged that during the time he was Iraqi Interior Minister – under President George W. Bush – he accepted an interest-free $ 250,000 loan from Israeli billionaire Eitan Wertheimer and failed to report this.
In November 2007, Kerik was indicted by a federal grand jury in White Plains, New York on charges of tax fraud and making false statements to the federal government about the loan.
He later pleaded guilty to eight felony taxes and false declaration messages and was sentenced to 48 months in prison and three years of controlled release. That time ended in October 2016.
Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, was sent to jail for 14 years to ask for bribes, including those for the senate’s seat once owned by Barack Obama and for trying to tear down a children’s hospital.
Blagojevich threatened to withdraw money for the Children’s Memorial Hospital after the chief executive officer had not given a contribution of $ 50,000 to the governor’s campaign.
The 63-year-old has been in the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado since March 15, 2012.
His expected release date was 2024, taking into account two years of honor for good behavior.
In 2009, Blagojevich appeared on NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, the reality TV program that was subsequently organized by Trump.
The former San Francisco 49ers owner paid $ 400,000 to former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards to win a riverboat casino license in 1998.
He pleaded guilty to the accusation of not reporting a crime and received a $ 1 million fine and a two-year conditional fine.
He resigned as owner in 1997 after two Louisiana newspapers reported that he would be charged with gambling fraud. He was also suspended by the NFL for a year.
DeBartolo owned the 49ers for 23 years and won five Super Bowls as their owner.