Los Angeles Dodgerss' CEO Jamie McCourt (2nd-L) sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) as her husband, Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt, upper right, looks on during Game 2 of the National League championship series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on October 16, 2009. The Dodgers defeated the Philies 2-1. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers began divorce proceedings with ownership of the baseball team at the center of their dispute, documents show.
Frank and Jamie McCourt's unseemly public punch-up, begun in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, is a he said/she said battle over whether a post-marital agreement signed in 2004 by both parties is valid, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Frank McCourt wants it enforced; his wife does not. The agreement says Frank McCourt is the sole owner of the Dodgers and Jamie is the sole owner of the couple's homes.
Jamie McCourt says she signed the agreement without reading it and would never knowingly sign away her right to the Dodgers.
He says the document did exactly what it was intended to do, and Jamie wanted it that way. She says she signed the document sight unseen because she trusted her husband to protect their homes from creditors, the Times said.
In a city known for excess and celebrities behaving badly, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been regarded as a class act since being owned by the O'Malley family.
But now mommy and daddy are fighting and who's watching the kids?
Dodger Stadium had been a family oasis until recently when the McCourt discord spilled into the park, tensing the vibe. Now rap music has mostly replaced the traditional organist and a convicted felon (Snoop Dogg) is on Dodgervision telling fans how to behave.
And the Dodgers are one step out of the cellar with almost no hope of even grabbing a wild card berth in the NL playoffs..