Chargers followers of the world, rejoice — Dean Spanos, the broadly hated part-owner of the L.A. Chargers, is being sued by his sister, Dea Spanos Berberian, for repeated misogynistic conduct towards his sisters and breaches of fiduciary duties in his administration of the Spanos household belief.
Dea, Dean, and their two different siblings every personal 15 % of the team, with the household belief liable for one other 36 %. Nevertheless, Spanos has exercised extra management over the franchise than his siblings as the previous CEO and president of the Chargers and the present chairman. He was additionally the one who made the wildly unpopular determination in 2017 to maneuver the team to L.A. from San Diego, the place they’d resided since 1961. Chargers followers hated it, Los Angeles residents hated it, different NFL homeowners hated it, and Dea apparently hated it, too. A number of San Diego-based followers are nonetheless bitter, which is why this lawsuit could appear to be candy, candy retribution for his betrayal of town.
Since their dad and mom’ deaths in 2018, Spanos and Berberian have been co-trustees of the household belief, however, per ESPN, Berberian is alleging that her brothers Dean and Michael “consider to their cores that, no matter what their dad and mom meant and their wills specified, males are in cost and ladies ought to shut up.” Truthfully, that sounds about proper — although there are a number of girls who’ve inherited groups all through the league from their husbands (Georgia Frontiere of the Rams involves thoughts) and fathers (a number of of whom have given their sons managerial management), NFL possession continues to be, by and huge, a boys’ membership. Exceptions to the rule are handled as such — clearly, even inside one’s circle of relatives.
Berberian revealed within the lawsuit that her brother’s determination to maneuver the team to Los Angeles has financially ruined the franchise and, by affiliation, their household wealth. The belief, she mentioned, is over $350 million in debt — a debt that Berberian alleges was prompted not in small half by Spanos utilizing belief cash for private purchases and paying off his personal private money owed. She accused her brother of taking $105 million out of the belief to settle numerous money owed and borrowed $60 million for non-business-related purchases. Berberian believes that the one possibility left is to promote the team to dig themselves out of debt, however she will be able to’t promote the belief if his title continues to be on it.
In her effort to have him removed as a co-trustee and take on full control of the trust herself as well as to become the majority owner of the team, Berberian is employing the same lawyer who represented Lakers owner Jeannie Buss in her own intra-family lawsuit after the death of her father, Dr. Jerry Buss. Though I don’t see NFL leadership getting involved in family drama, the treatment of female employees from league ownership has certainly come to the forefront during this past year with revelations about Dan Snyder’s Washington team and franchise tradition.