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chief52
01-13-2009, 05:18 PM
Isn't this special. Some government lawyer has been arranging for armed U.S. Marshals to escort Aikman, Buck and McCarver to big games. Our tax dollars at work!


http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/2009/01/12/2009-01-12_fox_announcers_troy_aikman_joe_buck_and_.html


A trio of star sportscasters have been riding to big games like heads of state thanks to a government lawyer who arranged escorts by armed U.S. marshals.

A federal probe found that Fox announcers Troy Aikman, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver have been getting chauffeured to extravaganzas like last year's Super Bowl and the 2007 World Series on the public's dime.

The blistering report released Monday by the Justice Department's inspector general zeroed in on lawyer Joseph Band, who worked in the U.S. marshals' Washington office and moonlighted as a Fox Sports statistician.

The report charged that Band pulled strings to get himself and the broadcasters to and from the play-by-play booth in a style reserved for federal judges and protected witnesses.

Band "regularly and inappropriately solicited and received assistance of [Marshal Service] resources for his personal activities, in violation of government ethical rules," the report concluded.

While the feds do not plan to prosecute Band, the report has prompted the U.S. marshals to beef up oversight of its services.

The inspector general was tipped off by a U.S. marshal who told investigators he thought giving rides to sportscasters was "silly" and "an inappropriate use of his time."

The report, obtained by thesmokinggun.com, contends Band, 68, had been reprimanded at least six times for conducting football business while on government duty.

Band, who has since retired from the agency, denied any wrongdoing and told investigators that his side job with Fox Sports was just "a hobby" he did on his private time.

Fox Sports spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said the network was "unaware" that the transportation Band arranged for its sportscasters was "in any way inappropriate."

whutchinson@nydailynews.com

Rain Man
01-13-2009, 05:20 PM
I read that the Titans' team doctor was getting a police escort so he could go to the game and then get to his daughter's wedding afterwards. I wondered if that was really why we pay our taxes.

Coach
01-13-2009, 05:25 PM
This does not suprise me.

Dayze
01-13-2009, 05:41 PM
nothing the government does surprises me. Nothing.

and I believe absolutely NOTHING the government tells me/publishes etc.

They're a joke; all of them. A large dog and pony show. Carl should run for MO Senate.

StcChief
01-13-2009, 06:15 PM
nothing the government does surprises me. Nothing.

and I believe absolutely NOTHING the government tells me/publishes etc.

They're a joke; all of them. A large dog and pony show. Carl should run for MO Senate.the dumb a$$ in MO elected dead guy. why not Carl.

Valiant
01-13-2009, 06:23 PM
the dumb a$$ in MO elected dead guy. why not Carl.

Carnahan?? That shit still pisses me off..