The Dolphins claim that Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford promised not once nor twice nor thrice but at least four times to put the bill that would have authorized a public election on stadium improvements up for vote of the full House of Representatives. Weatherford claims he never promised to do it.
The tie has now been broken.
Others who witnessed the interaction between the Dolphins and Weatherford claim the promise was made.
“I was in the room with Mike Dee and Steve Ross and did hear what they heard,” South Florida Super Bowl bid committee chairman Rodney Barreto tells Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “And yes, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that the people of Dade County were not given the opportunity to vote and that’s a huge disappointment.”
Others, per Salguero, heard the conversations, including Jeffrey Soffer, who owns the company that owns the Fountainbleu Hotel.
Weatherford easily could respond by claiming that those who claim they heard the comments have a bias in favor of the Dolphins and/or the stadium upgrade project. Regardless, when a he said/she said becomes a he said/they said, “he” ends up looking like he’s telling something other than a truth.
Then there’s the fact that Weatherford is a politician. Which makes it even more likely that no one will believe him.