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Miami Mayor: 'Residents of Miami were raped' by Marlins ballpark deal

In a new Sports Illustrated story on the deal Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria made with the city to finance a new stadium, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado compared the ballpark deal to rape

There are some words that aren't to be used lightly, and "rape" is near the top of that list.

But in a new Sports Illustrated story on the deal Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria made with the city to finance a new stadium, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado compared the ballpark deal to rape:

Tomas Regalado, who hadn't seen the article until CBS4 showed it to him, is quoted throughout including a line where he says "Miami has a history of bad deals, but I would rate this Number 1. The residents of Miami were raped. Completely."

When asked about the quote, Regalado stood by it.

"I think it's the truth. I think it was a very bad deal," he said.

Sure, the residents of Miami got a raw deal, especially when you consider Loria's promise to maintain a $100-million payroll if a new stadium was built. After a fire-sale near the end of the 2012 season, the Marlins' current payroll is second-lowest in baseball at $32 million.

I'm no math major, but 32 is way less than 100.

Here's video of Regalado defending his stance:

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