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Marlins Prez David Samson Clarifies That He Thinks All Americans Are Stupid and Lazy

Miami Marlins President David Samson waded into hot water this week after he told a local business council that he thinks Miamians are stupid. Last night Samson talked with WSVN to clarify his remarks. Don't worry guys, he doesn't think Miamians are especially stupid. He wants to clarify that he thinks Americans are just stupid and lazy in general.


"We're not the smartest people in Miami. If you're in this room, you're instantly in the top 1 percent," Samson told Miami's Beacon Council on Tuesday, according to an article in Miami Today.

Here's his clarification to WSVN:


"We were talking about politicians and how we need to attract the smartest people, but we were not talking about Miami. We were talking about all the country," he clarified to WSVN yesterday.

He says that his comments in Miami Today were misquotes and taken out of context. The editor of Miami Today, though, stands behind the article.

"Of course I'm not dismissive, because anyone who knows me or knows our team, every employee we have, every person, we do nothing but work for our fans," Samson continued. "Customer service, it's all about the fans."



WSVN also has a portion of Samson's speech on video in which Samson discusses the relatively low 17 percent voter turnout in the recall election of former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

"There's nothing that bothers me more than a community that cries about all the ills in the community themselves, and then they don't vote? Because they're too lazy or they're watching "Oprah" or whatever they're doing?" Samson said.

Well come on Samson, lets be fair. The original recall vote did happen during Oprah's last season. The original vote to pick the next mayor actually happened the day Oprah aired her second-to-last episode ever (which, coincidentally, had the lowest voter turn out of the three elections involved in recalling and picking a new mayor). Let's be honest, if there was ever a time to stay home and watch Oprah, that was it.

In reality, of course, most Miamians weren't watching Oprah that day (This is Cristina's town). Most of them were probably hard at work that day trying to support their families. Most of us aren't lucky enough to have a Step-Daddy who happens to own a major league sports team.

Here's the full interview:



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Kyle Munzenrieder