Sources: Rawlings-Blake administration demanded Young return tickets to Ravens game

Rawlings-Blake and Young in happier times.
Rawlings-Blake and Young in happier times. (The Baltimore Sun)

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration asked Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young to return his tickets to the city's skybox at Sunday's Ravens game, following his criticism of the Baltimore Grand Prix, a source close to Young said.

The adminstration said that Young's presence would disturb the mayor's supporters in the skybox, and asked that he return tickets that have been given to himself and and his wife,  a source said.


The sources said the Youngs found other seats-- they watched the Ravens beat the Houston Texans from linebacker Ray Lewis' box.

A spokesman for Young declined to comment; a Rawlings-Blake spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.


The administration's request was first reported byWBAL-TV.

Young wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun last week criticizing the mayor's continued efforts to find a group to run the Grand Prix race and said the administration should focus instead on improving programs for youths, like rec centers and pools.

"What does it say about our priorities as a city when we will move heaven and Earth to continue a street race but will turn our backs on our most vulnerable citizens?" Young wrote.

The city severed its contract with the organizers of the inaugural race after that company accrued $12 million in debts, including $1.5 million owed to the city.

Tensions between the council president and the Rawlings-Blake administration have been high since Young penned the op-ed. Rawlings-Blake spokesman Ryan O'Doherty accused Young last week of flip-flopping based on what was "popular."

"If we are able to revive the event with a new company, he is certainly entitled to change his political position again, depending on what's popular at the moment," he said.

Young fired back that O'Doherty "does not know his front from his back," and castigated him in several TV interviews.

The Ravens game served as a backdrop for some other interesting interactions.

Former mayor Sheila Dixon watched the game from the skybox of bread magnate and developer John Paterakis Sr. (See photo 7.)

Paterakis pleaded guilty in 2009 to a campaign finance violation for exceeding donation limits in a gift to Councilwoman Helen Holton. He also had a development project with Ronald Lipscomb, an ex-boyfriend of Dixon's whose lavish gifts she failed to report on ethics forms, leading a perjury conviction.  Dixon resigned as part of a plea agreement two years ago.

Rawlings-Blake's sister-in-law, Teminka Rawlings, hob-nobbed with developer Pat Turner at the game. (See photo 20.)  Turner, who built Locust Point's Silo Point high-rise, was a key witness in Dixon's trial.

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