Paid Members Gus Mears Posted July 6, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted July 6, 2017 This is undoubtedly the most entertaining court case since when Hulk Hogan talked about how he has a bigger cock than Terry Bollea. I didn't know where particularly to put this, but feel that the full majestic wonder of Iron Mike Ashley needs its own thread. Particularly if we get entertainment like over the course of this week. The entirety of Mike Ashley's life is like a shite early 90's sitcom. A spin off from Keeping up Appearances staring Onslow inheriting a distant relatives sports firm after WACKY SHENANIGANS. This time he's back, and it's not because he isn't paying the minimum wage for a change. After the brilliant story of Mike vomiting into a fireplace the other day (available here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40484091) , we got this gem today: Quote Mike Ashley has said he is a "power drinker" whilst the investment banker suing him for £14 million is a "lightweight" as his extraordinary High Court battle continues. The Sports Direct boss said that he likes a drink and although he does not often when he does he is "trying to get drunk". He is giving evidence after being sued by Jeffrey Blue, an investment banker, who alleges he reneged on deal made in a pub to pay him £15 million if the Sports Direct share price doubled to £8 within three years. He says Mr Ashley paid only £1 million - and he wants £14 million damages. The legal case centres around a promise Mr Blue claims Mr Ashley made in the Horse and Groom pub in London's Fitrovia in January 2013, but the Newcastle United owner has dismissed any comments as drunken banter. When asked how much he had drunk that night he calculated that within an hour he would have drunk four to five pints. "It was a fun evening - drinking at pace," he said. "I like to get drunk. I am a power drinker." Mr Ashley went on: "My thing is not to drink regularly. It is binge-drinking. I am trying to get drunk." He said he had been trying to "get pissed and have a good night out" at the Horse and Groom. Mr Ashley was asked how much Mr Blue had drunk. "He would never have been able to keep up," said Mr Ashley. "He's a lightweight when it comes to the drinking." In his evidence on Wednesday he said that he had not wanted to go to the meeting with three brokers but had done so as a favour to Mr Blue. "I probably would rather put needles in my eyes than go to a thing like that," he said. "Meet-and-greet soiree? Sort of thing like having to go to a school do for your kids. Absolutely horrendous." He said people wanted him to go to thousands of "things". "I know how disappointing it is when they actually meet me," he said. "It is a let down. 'Jesus, I thought I was going to meet a bright bloke'." Mr Ashley also told the court he had "never taken a penny" out of Sports Direct. He told Mr Justice Leggatt that he subsidised the company. The case continues. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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