- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) The House Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat urged Bud Selig to resign yesterday, saying the commissioner appeared to violate major league rules in a 1995 loan from a company controlled by the owner of the Minnesota Twins.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan said the loan created an "irreparable conflict of interest" for Selig in his plan to fold two franchises, a proposal that most likely would include the Twins.
"In light of this disclosure and your apparent unwillingness to reveal other financial information that you assert supports your decision to eliminate two baseball teams, I regret that I must call on you to resign as commissioner of major league baseball," Conyers wrote in a letter to Selig that the congressman released.
Selig released a two-page letter to Conyers, saying he "was both stunned and disappointed to receive your letter."
"Let me be unequivocal," Selig wrote. "The suggestions made in your letter are wholly unacceptable."
Conyers accused baseball of lying to the committee and asked Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the committee chairman, to hold another hearing on baseball's antitrust exemption. Conyers was critical of Selig when the commissioner testified in Washington last month.
Selig's top lawyer admitted this week that in 1995, a company controlled by Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad arranged for a $3million loan to the Milwaukee Brewers, run at the time by Selig and now by his daughter, Wendy Selig-Prieb.
Former commissioners Bowie Kuhn, Peter Ueberroth and Fay Vincent said the loan was unprecedented and might have broken the rule prohibiting loans from the owner of one team to another without approval of all the teams in that league and the commissioner.
Selig, in his first public response to the revelation of the loan Tuesday, told Conyers the Brewers' "survival was in question" at the time of the loan, which followed the 232-day strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series.

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