Michael Bidwill confirms his support for Brett Kavanaugh

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The political story of the moment (at least as of a moment or two ago) arose from the 11th-hour complication to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. And one of the owners in a league that is desperate to get out of politics (except when it wants to get into politics) has reiterated his support for Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has become the target of a sexual misconduct allegation from his time in high school, and a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set for next Monday.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, a high-school classmate of Kavanaugh’s, previously joined in a letter supporting Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A Cardinals spokesman has now told Deadspin.com that owner Michael Bidwill had no knowledge of the allegation against Kavanaugh, and that Bidwill still supports Kavanaugh despite the allegation.

The Cardinals spokesman also told Deadspin.com that Bidwill was not the unnamed other classmate mentioned in the letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, and that Bidwill didn’t know who the other classmate was.

The allegation against Kavanaugh has created significant controversy, for obvious reasons. Though he never was, and never could be, prosecuted or sued, the core question becomes whether the allegation can, will, or should prevent a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Much of that will hinge on the credibility of Kavanaugh and the credibility of his accuser if/when they testify in an open hearing, along with any other evidence that could corroborate or debunk their versions of the events.

52 responses to “Michael Bidwill confirms his support for Brett Kavanaugh

  1. If this dude at the pinnacle of his career is taken down for some allegation from his high school days what is the actual point in any of us trying in life? Legit question. The funniest part about all of this is the exact same type of people that always want to give troubled youth second chances are the first to condemn this dude for 50 year old allegations. It’s mind boggling.

  2. Well, as long as his oldest friends are sticking with him that must mean everything is a-okay. Any word on whether his mom is still backing him?

  3. I can’t remember all the women I have had carnal knowledge of in my lifetime. And those events are the most intimate between 2 people.

    How is anyone supposed to remember a party 35 years ago.

  4. Like many of Kavanaugh’s former classmates, Bidwell is supporting a good friend who displayed the highest character and integrity as a youth and into adulthood. Any of us would do the same thing. Why is this controversial?

  5. Bidwell might as well get into another arena as he certainly can’t run a football team. Just like his cheap father the Cardinals will never be thought of as a serious contender in the NFL.

  6. Am I the only person who has never heard of Brett Kavanaugh? Ive seen posts about him on fb, but never took the time to read about him. Didnt read this article either. Idk if he’s republican or a democrat. And I can tell you this much: I have absolutely no care in the world and it feels great. Politics suck. I’ll just hang out with my family and have a good time while ppl fight with each other over garbage.

  7. So all of the people claiming the Uber driver is just attempting to extort money from Winston will fully support Kavanaugh here…..right?

  8. minnesotablizzard says:
    September 19, 2018 at 10:18 am
    If this dude at the pinnacle of his career is taken down for some allegation from his high school days what is the actual point in any of us trying in life? Legit question. The funniest part about all of this is the exact same type of people that always want to give troubled youth second chances are the first to condemn this dude for 50 year old allegations. It’s mind boggling.

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    As far as I can tell, making poor, harmful decisions in high school means you may not be able to become one of nine United States Supreme court justice. The tragedy! LOL

  9. For those of you saying ‘it was 35 years ago’ or ‘it’s an intimate encounter’, me thinks Dr. Ford probably remembers that night EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE! And having Kavanaugh lie about it, if true, should immediately disqualify him from a Seat on the Supreme Court for Life.

    YMMV

  10. I am just so thankful that we have people who went to exclusive prep schools, and never wanted for anything, looking out for our best interests…..

  11. To America’s credit we are slowly creating a culture that helps empower victims. No matter how powerful the accused, victims should be granted the the opportunity to make an accusation. However, the Bill of Rights duly protects those suspected or accused of crimes from unjust treatment. If we weaken even theses most fundamental protections (e.g. to confront and cross-examine witnesses presented by the prosecution) for the accused, the underpinnings that hold our legal system up will quickly evaporate.

  12. Besides his sexual assault on women, the fact that he’s been lying to the Senate hearing is grounds enough for disqualification. I’m not too bothered about his ties to Trump because Supreme Court justices are not beholden to presidents, no matter how despicable they are.

  13. awiltshire19 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I assume given the usual discourse here there will be multiple commentors telling him to stick to sports

    I am trying to, I keep getting muffled….

  14. If you are going to be running for one of the HIGHEST positions in this country… better make sure the skeletons in your closet are not enough to create reasonable doubt.

  15. The timing of when this came out shows it is simply a political stunt.

    Democrats did this to Robert Bork in 1987, they tried to do it to Clarence Thomas in 1991, and they made Samuel Alito’s family leave the testimonies in 2006. Democratic politicians are simply disgusting people with zero character who care little about others and only their agenda.

  16. Just like the Alabama (R) running for Senate. Last minute sex claims that go dead silent after the elections

  17. “For those of you saying ‘it was 35 years ago’ or ‘it’s an intimate encounter’, me thinks Dr. Ford probably remembers that night EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE!”

    I agree to a point.

    But she doesn’t remember the date or the place this supposedly happened.

    How can anyone defend themselves from such a vague accusation?

    I’m not saying Ms Ford is a bad person.

    But she currently (as of this morning) is refusing to attend the hearing on Monday, because she is demanding a full FBI investigation first.

    How do you investigate this claim?

    If she doesn’t show on Monday, just go ahead with the nomination.

  18. Our country becomes more divided by the day, white/black male/female dems/republicans. Very sad….

  19. The Chick accusing Kavanaugh has provided zero evidence. We are supposed to just automatically believe her because she is a woman? it doesn’t work that way. I look forward to Kavanaugh being confirmed.

  20. Thank you Mr. Bidwell. Now we have another witness who was actually there at the ‘hermetically sealed’ Georgetown Prep. Presumably he knows and is ready to testify to Kavanaugh’s character. It’s time to break the code of silence about what happened at the school.

    The FBI should investigate, questioning as many witnesses as possible. So far the chief witness, Mark Judge has refused to testify. That in itself is very telling. If you had a friend about to take a LIFETIME appointment to the highest court in the land, wouldn’t you be glad to testify? ( Unless you’re afraid to perjure yourself)

    Let’s hear under subpoena, what Mark Judge has to say. Saying nothing reveals there is something to hide.

  21. The man is accused of attempted rape. If the claim is credible, then he should absolutely be disqualified from being a Supreme Court justice, regardless of whether it happened 30 years ago. You’re a fool if you believe otherwise.

    As far as credibility, the accuser has already passed a polygraph test and she has notes from a therapist showing that she made this disclosure years before Kavanaugh was ever considered for Supreme Court. Further, despite the beliefs of many, it is extraordinarily rare for women to simply make stuff like this up. And, if she was going to lie, she would not have placed a third witness in the room with her and Kavanaugh, which she did. Additionally, Kavanaugh has already proved that he is willing to mislead Congress; for example, he has already lied about receiving stolen materials during his time in the Bush White House. There is a lot of smoke here, certainly enough for everyone to pause and for an objective investigation to be conducted.

    I can’t believe that so many of you think that this should all just be forgotten, or are so willing to believe that this is just some conspiracy launched by Democrats to destroy this innocent man. Look at the evidence!

  22. kcflake says:
    September 19, 2018 at 11:18 am
    The Chick accusing Kavanaugh has provided zero evidence. We are supposed to just automatically believe her because she is a woman? it doesn’t work that way. I look forward to Kavanaugh being confirmed.

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    Wrong. She was there. Her own testimony is evidence. She passed a polygraph evidence. Not admissible in court, but this isn’t a court. It’s evidence. She has notes from her therapist from years ago, which shows that this isn’t newly-created and obliterates the argument that she only came up with this to stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed. Again, evidence. There is a lot of evidence that Kavanaugh and his buddy Mark Judge treated women as objects in high school. That’s evidence. Kavanaugh has a history of giving false testimony. That’s evidence. Her husband and possibly others were told about the attack years ago. More evidence. And there is almost certainly more evidence to come.

  23. An 11th hour Hail Mary to discredit a fine man. For the last couple of months, they have dissected this mans life/career and this is the best they can come up with-a woman who’s memory is vague at best who never reported anything to anybody and now suddenly comes up with this supposed incident.

  24. Dog and pony show… This guy has already passed background checks, vetting, and Senate confirmation hearings to lower appointments on the court several times over the last several years. Now at the last minute, some woman shows up and wants to level an accusation about something that didn’t bother her for over 30 years as if it happened last month, He’s already a federal judge with a lifetime appointment so it’s obviously bs

  25. LOL some of you guys are so funny. Lets prosecute someone that has been accused by someone who doesn’t know when it happened, where it happened or any of the circumstances surrounding the reasons the party existed. Then attack the person being accused because he adamantly denies the accusations…then support the accuser for not providing any details of the accusation and we are just to assume these accusations are true? Then complain that the FBI isn’t investigating an incident that they have no jurisdiction over and happened she thinks 35 years ago. Mark Judge has given the statement of I have no idea what this lady is talking about. So her only “witness” is her therapist that she talked to about this incident 5 years ago…who wasn’t there…you guys are nuts.

  26. LVMF says:
    September 19, 2018 at 10:49 am
    For those of you saying ‘it was 35 years ago’ or ‘it’s an intimate encounter’, me thinks Dr. Ford probably remembers that night EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE! And having Kavanaugh lie about it, if true, should immediately disqualify him from a Seat on the Supreme Court for Life.

    YMMV

    ——–

    And yet she claims she can’t even remember where it took place or even what year it took place….

  27. @LVMF says:
    September 19, 2018 at 10:49 am
    For those of you saying ‘it was 35 years ago’ or ‘it’s an intimate encounter’, me thinks Dr. Ford probably remembers that night EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE! And having Kavanaugh lie about it, if true, should immediately disqualify him from a Seat on the Supreme Court for Life.
    —————————————————————————————–

    OK so we automatically believe anything Dr. Ford says (without any evidence) and we do not believe anything Justice Kavanaugh says?

    OK got it. And I’m sure you have personally discussed this with both people.

  28. LOL it is just another stall tactic by the left. If she has evidence then bring it to the fore front. Lets see it. But you know what…she doesn’t and the democrats just want to drag this along until Nov. 8th…once that day comes…they won’t care anymore. Just like so many other times.

  29. I tend lean to the left on social issues and a little more conservative on the fiscal side of things. That being said, no matter what your political leanings, anyone with half a brain can see this is being used as a stall tactic to postpone the vote until after the mid-terms.

  30. This is one of the worst political stunts I’ve ever seen. Meanwhile in recent history Keith Ellison has been accused of assault and abuse yet I don’t see the media talking about that I don’t see Democrats talking about that. And she actually has evidence

  31. The most disturbing comments on this thread are not the “I don’t believe her” comments.

    The ones that are most troublesome are those that suggest that assaulting a women is not a big deal, if done in high school.

    That’s the attitude that needs to change, if we are going to make America great again.

  32. @chawkup You really need to learn what evidence is. How is her telling her husband 20 years later evidence? How is her telling her therapist 5 years ago evidence. No that is not evidence. Evidence would be someone who was there to attest to this..a police report…or physical evidence from the “crime scene”. That is evidence. This is just he says/she says. And what “evidence” has come out about how he treated women? Evidence? CNN is not a source of evidence my friend.

  33. WolfgangVomFramps says:
    September 19, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    The most disturbing comments on this thread are not the “I don’t believe her” comments.

    ——————————————————

    The America I want to live in is Innocent until Proven Guilty. I believe she should be heard but after 35+ years with the information she has provided thus far there is nothing to go on. There is no real evidence. There are accusations and denials…its he said/she said. The point isn’t to automatically assume any accusers accusations have to be true…its that every accusers accusation should be taken seriously.

    Look at the Duke LaCrosse incident. What happened there? We assumed that these guys were guilty. Their lives were derailed because of false accusations. Do we care about that? Do we care about the character of this Judge for the last 30 years where we have many many people standing up for him and we have one person who presented a case with no way to prove or disprove and we should just assume its true despite the contradictions it presents for this person for the last 30 years.

    Whats the answer?

    I know what the democrats answer is. Hold off until after November 8th for confirmation.

  34. She passed a lie detector test.
    Why hasn’t Kavanaugh’s demanded the opportunity to do the same?
    Something is fishy about this guy. He seems to have given misleading answers to the Senate in his previous confirmation hearings for Federal judgeship.
    We could get a definitive answer on this question, but the White House won’t release over 100,000 pages of documents from his time in the Bush Administration.
    Even though previous nominees that worked in the White House all did.
    Mitch McConnell warned the White House not to appoint this guy. But they did.
    Hence, the dog and pony show.

  35. minnesotablizzard says:
    September 19, 2018 at 10:18 am
    If this dude at the pinnacle of his career is taken down for some allegation from his high school days what is the actual point in any of us trying in life? Legit question. The funniest part about all of this is the exact same type of people that always want to give troubled youth second chances are the first to condemn this dude for 50 year old allegations. It’s mind boggling.

    ——————-

    This guy is up for the highest appointed office in the land, we should absolutely stop and asses rape allegations. I don’t know what some of you did in high school, but I never raped, or even attempted to rape anyone ever. This shouldn’t be passed off as “oh he was in highschool, you make mistakes when your that young”. I smoked weed behind the school, that’s a mistake. This is far past mistake and if your “teenage mistakes” include raping someone you don’t need to be deciding Supreme Court decisions for the next 25-30 years. Your judgment is lacking.

  36. * Curious how Feinstain had the letter in her hands for several months, but failed to ask Kavanaugh about this incident in writing or in open or closed hearings.
    * Curious how Ford never went to the police and her first retelling of the incident was in 2012. 3 decades after the alleged incident.
    * Curious how Ford doesn’t remember key details of the incident. The location. How she got there. The date. Who was at the party. All 3 witnesses to the party swear it never happened.
    *Curious how the notes of Ford’s therapist conflict with her present statements about that evening as to how many people were in the room (4 v 2) and who attacked her (she never mentioned Kavanaugh to her therapist)
    * Curious that Ford now demands a month long FBI investigation before she will testify.

    JUST CURIOUS

  37. “She passed a polygraph evidence. Not admissible in court, but this isn’t a court. It’s evidence. She has notes from her therapist from years ago, which shows that this isn’t newly-created and obliterates the argument that she only came up with this to stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed.”

    As you note, a lie detector test is not admissible in court. Why? Because it has proven to be extremely unreliable.

    Ms Ford has notes from her therapist as “evidence”. Do the notes identify the time, date, location, witnesses and who the assailant was?

    I can believe something happened, but as to who, what, where and when – that is the question.

    If Diane Feinstein had presented this information 6 weeks ago when she received it this wouldn’t have such a political delay tactic look to it.

    Ms Ford needs to show up Monday to the hearing to present her story. Failure to do so is not acceptable.

  38. Accuser admits she doesn’t remember the party, who was there or how she got there.

    He parents were ruled against in a bankruptcy case by this man’s mother.

    She also happens to be an avowed Democrat.

    I’m sure it’s all completely legit. Right?

  39. Andrew Teal,
    You need to figure out that far right media is not reliable.
    No, his parents were not ruled against.
    First, the case was a foreclosure and not a bankruptcy.
    Second, the judge gave the bank and parents time to work out a settlement.
    Some judges will force things through.
    He didn’t.
    The parents ended up re-financing, the bank was happy, and they kept their home.
    It was completely unremarkable.
    To the extent that the judge helped anyone, it was the parents by granting continuances to allow the parents to work out a deal.

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