The son of Martin Luther King Jr. is reportedly interested in becoming a minority owner of the New York Mets.
The New York Post is reporting that Martin Luther King III is part of a bid that includes former Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool, Donn Clendenon Jr. and television executive Larry Meli. Clendenon’s father was MVP of the Mets’ 1969 World Series victory.
King is scheduled to fly into New York this week to meet with Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.
The Wilpons are looking to sell a 20 per cent to 25 per cent interest in the team. The announcement came after they were named in a lawsuit from the trustee trying to reclaim money for the victims of the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme.
“There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about my participation in the acquisition of the New York Mets. I believe in the merit and American value of creating an example, and, if I personally, or as part of a collective, can advance the vision of a more diverse ownership group in professional sports, domestically or internationally, then, like my father, I am prepared to act in that spirit.”