He sports a ZZ Top-style goatee, tattoos, leather Chuck Taylors and colorful striped socks. In the video below, he compares himself to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Rocky Balboa.
Who he is? He's 36-year-old Josh Macciello, and he could be the next owner of the Dodgers. In his interview with KTLA Wednesday, Macciello made it clear that there are two things he has plenty of: 1) confidence and 2) money.
Macciello told KTLA, "I think the Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year, with me behind them. There is no doubt in my mind." He continued, "I'm not worried about the money part. I can beat any bid. I will say that. And all the bidders watching should know."
Macciello, who played college baseball and lives in Studio City, told ESPN that he became a millionaire a couple years ago making successful financing deals on motion pictures through his company, Armital Entertainment. He said his "break into the top 1 percent" came just a few months ago when he acquired of several gold mines.
When asked what he would say to Bud Selig if given the chance, he answered youthfully: "Their fans are young, and they need to grow with a younger person and not with some of the old ideas that got this country and this sport in some trouble. I have some technology ideas that were implemented with companies like Mars and Google that we're trying to bring out to make the experience into the 21st century for people watching a baseball game. I don't think the older generation are thinking of some of the ideas that I am."
If Macciello, who admits he doesn't have clout in the industry, won ownership of the team, he would be the youngest owner in Major League Baseball. While it's somewhat refreshing to have an outsider stand up to insiders, we're not sure if he's being phony or true blue. Check out his "Rocky"-themed campaign video below and let us know what you think.
UPDATE: It turns out that Macciello does not have any gold mines and never had any movie deals. Instead, writes LA Weekly, he was arrested in 2002 for drug possession:
He pleaded no contest to a felony count of possessing 3,000 Vicodin tablets for sale… The charging documents also allege that Macciello sold more than 14 grams of heroin, and possessed 62 tablets of codeine. Macciello contends that he was driving someone else's car and was illegally searched. He also denies ever touching heroin.
Macciello told the Weekly that he has lost a deal he had with financial investors because of its story and plans to sue the publication for $2.2 billion. The once-Dodgers-owner hopeful admitted that he never had a successful movie deal.
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