Tom Hicks Jr., the Texas and Liverpool exec, might be rethinking his decision to make his contact info public after a foulmouthed response to one concerned fan. We've got the emails.
Hicks Jr. is a VP for Hicks Sports Group, the company through which his father owns the Rangers, Stars, and 50 percent of Liverpool FC. Junior is also a director on the board of Liverpool, which is currently carrying almost $400 million in debt.
Yesterday the Liverpool Echo ran an op-ed, charging that the team is being stingy and selling off its players to bring that debt down. One fan forwarded the op-ed to a number of front office members, including Hicks Jr. These are the responses he got (click to embiggen).
Hours later, once the responses had spread through supporters union Spirit Of Shankly, Hicks Jr. sent the fan an apology:
Stephen, I apologize for losing my temper and using bad language with you. It was a kneejerk reaction. Tommy."
Damage is done. Spirit of Shankly is calling for Hicks Jr.'s resignation, and all Liverpool are likely to get this transfer window is lowly Maxi Rodriguez. No one tell Reds supporters the Rangers just signed washed-up Vlad Guerrero for $6 million.