Steinbrenner wants fine to go to charity


NEW YORK -- New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, fined $50,000 for derogatory comments made last week during the first-round playoff series against Seattle, yesterday petitioned Acting Commissioner Bud Selig to allow him to pay the money to two relief agencies aiding hurricane victims in Pensacola, Fla.

Saying he wanted to contribute the money to the Salvation Army and Red Cross, Steinbrenner said in a statement: "The tragedy that has unfolded there could be eased somewhat with these funds given to those two agencies that are in the midst of assisting the victims."

Steinbrenner also issued a thinly veiled complaint about the fine, saying in the statement: "I don't want to say anything further about the fine. If I say more, they will fine me more. I already had to borrow $25,000 of the $50,000 just to pay the fine. It seems that everyone else can speak, without being fined, but not me."

American League president Gene Budig fined Steinbrenner for derogatory comments he made about the umpiring and about Budig's position on the umpiring.

Reached yesterday in Seattle, Budig said of Steinbrenner's request to donate the money: "I have not talked to George about the fine. We have not discussed it, but we will."

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