Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos was accused in a lawsuit this week of taking control of the team at the expense of his brother, Lou – and in defiance of the wishes of their father, Peter.
Peter Angelos became the owner of the Orioles in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he will turn 93 next month.
John Angelos is the club’s chairman and chief executive, with Peter and Lou listed on the team’s website as part of its limited partnership group. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Lou Angelos said John tried to gain control of their father’s estate while excluding Lou.
“In 2018, [Peter] Angelos became disabled,” the lawsuit said. “Soon after, John undertook a series of actions to assume full control of Mr. Angelos’ assets. He accomplished this by manipulating his mother, Mrs. Georgia Angelos, now in her eighties, into bending her to his will.”
Lou Angelos is the plaintiff in the lawsuit. John and Georgia Angelos are charged.
According to the lawsuit, Peter Angelos underwent surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017. Around that time, he executed a revocable trust and an enduring power of attorney.
“A primary purpose of these documents was to ensure that Mr. Angelos’ sons worked together to support their mother, shared decision-making and had equal inheritance rights,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Angelos never wanted one son to control his estate to the exclusion of his other son.”
The lawsuit accuses John Angelos of working to undermine Georgia Angelos’ trust in Lou and excluding her from the Orioles’ business affairs.
“The corrupting effect of John’s actions was to completely thwart Mr. Angelos’ intentions,” the lawsuit said. “John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles – to manage, sell or, if he chooses, move to Tennessee [where he has a home and where his wife’s career is headquartered] — without having to answer to anyone.”
The suit did not say whether there was a significant likelihood that the team would move. He claimed Ms Angelos felt it was in the interest of the trust to sell the team – but that John Angelos had tried to prevent this.
The lawsuit also claims that in 2019, John Angelos ordered the firing of former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson as part of an effort to weed out people who would oppose his actions. Anderson, who spent most of his 15-year playing career in Baltimore, had returned to the organization and become vice president of baseball operations.
The Orioles declined to comment Friday when asked if the team or John Angelos had an answer.