Casting her support to one son over the other, Georgia Kousouris Angelos said Wednesday she fully supports John Angelos as the head of the Orioles, whose control has been challenged in a lawsuit by her other son, Louis Angelos.
With family patriarch and Os owner Peter Angelos ailing and no longer able to manage his considerable empire, Louis Angelos sued his brother and mother last week over what he said were John Angelos’ efforts to seize control of the team.
“I, alone, have the authority to manage the family’s assets and make decisions,” Georgia Angelos said in a statement released by the Orioles.
“Since I appointed John Angelos as chairman and CEO of the Orioles in 2020, he has led the organization thoughtfully and effectively, including through unprecedentedly challenging times,” she said. “John has my full faith, as well as the trust and confidence of Major League Baseball.”
The legal battle comes at a critical time for the Os, whose lease on Camden Yards expires next year. The state has authorized $600 million for improvements to the park, but the funds are contingent on the Orioles signing a new lease.
The suit, filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court by Louis Angelos on Thursday, claims that Georgia Angelos wants to sell the team. Louis Angelos also suggested that his brother ‘s attempt to take full control of the team might lead to the Orioles being moved to Tennessee, where the city of Nashville is hungering for a team and John Angelos maintains a home with his wife his, who is in the country music business.
Louis Angelos’ attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
This article will be updated.