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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

What's the point of owning a baseball team if you can't bully your way out of a traffic ticket? Tampa Bay Devil Rays owner and local hothead Vince Naimoli must be wondering that today, after his temper tantrum last Saturday night while his wife was pulled over and ticketed for running a red light near Tropicana Field.
A police video of the traffic stop shows the 66-year-old Naimoli waving his arms in what [police officer Scott] Newell described as "quite a temper tantrum."

Naimoli also threatened to call police Chief Chuck Harmon, Newell said.

Newell, 33, an officer more than four years, later reported over the radio: "He dropped a whole bunch of names of City Council members, the chief, upper brass, too."

If Naimoli wanted to get his wife out of a ticket, it didn't work. Lenda Naimoli, 60, got a $114.50 ticket for running a red light.
Yes, there is a 13-minute QuickTime video of the incident. It's nothing special. You can't really tell that it's Naimoli, and while it does catch some of his gesticulating and pacing, you can't hear any of his yelling, which would be the only worthwhile thing to catch.

All this from the owner of a team that'll be lucky to finish the season at .500. Just imagine how unbearable he'd be if the Rays actually made the playoffs one of these years.