King Balks at Mets Talk

February 1, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Anyone with dreams of Martin Luther King III owning the New York Mets might want to wake up now.  Amid weekend rumors that the Atlanta native was interested in joining an ownership group that would purchase the Mets, making him baseball’s first black owner, King set the record straight Monday. “For this to be released to the press is way premature,” King said. “We haven’t signed any agreement.” King said the notion of owning the Mets began as a simple phone call but quickly grew into a media swirl. He said that on Saturday morning, he received a call from Larry Meli, a longtime television executive and friend, who introduced the idea.

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