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14 Sep 2005

Rams Exec Left Threatening Voice Mail

File this under "things not to say in a job interview." Which is probably what's up next for Rams executive Samir Suleiman, after threatening a Post-Dispatch columnist via voicemail. By the way, leaving threatening voicemails is about as idiotic as Jerry Springer paying a prostitute with a personal check while serving as mayor of Cincinnati.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 14 Sep 2005

18 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2005, 5:27pm by Ron Epstein


by MJB (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 2:01pm

It is good to know someone in the Rams organization has a cut throat mentality.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 2:05pm

Suleiman left a message on Miklasz's voice mail, stating, in part, "tell your source that I'm not a back-stabber, I'm a (expletive) throat slasher, and he'll know the difference before it's all said and done."
...... He assists president of football operations Jay Zygmunt on salary cap issues and contract negotiations..

Jesus! I'd hate to axe this guy for an extra voidable year--he'd pull out a Glock or something

Shaw said the phone message showed "a lack of judgment. I really don't understand it, to be honest with you."

how come "showing lack of judgement" has become the accepted euphemism for "acting like a figgin' lunatic"?

by MDS (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 2:06pm

Actually, Springer was elected mayor after the prostitute-check scandal. He was elected to the City Council in '71 (at age 27) and resigned in '74, but then he was elected mayor in '77. Goes to show that people are willing to forgive their elected officials.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 2:12pm

Goes to show that people are willing to forgive their elected officials.

besides, she didn't accept credit cards

by Glenn (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 2:19pm

There's already a voicemail spat in New England between John Dennis, co-host of the market-leading Dennis and Callahn Show on sports-talk WEEI, and Ryan Russillo, young up-and-coming buck on a competing station and a guy getting increasing face time on the Boston sports scene. Well, Rusillo apparently had a few beers at a watering hole and hit on Dennis' daughter one night, and - wait, I think you see this one coming - Dennis proceeeded to leave a quite, ahem, aggressive email on Rusillo's machine. Oh yes, have a listen here.

This one's been brewing for a couple weeks now in the N.E. media. Good laughs all around.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 2:41pm

I'm thinking the NFL finds this to be worse than the on-field "throat slash" gesture?

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 3:12pm

When did O.J. start working for the Rams?

by chill (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 3:32pm

Nice one Sophandros. I found that OJ jokes and Simpsons quotes fit any situation.

by TMK (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 4:01pm


You must be new to the NFL -- this is a league where owners can be hip deep in federal drug investigations, and still be allowed to run their teams.

Players, however, live by the rules you mentioned. Why would it be different in this case?

Unless, of course, your humor is as dry as your name.....

by Kibbles (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 6:21pm

If you're going to leave a threatening voice message for someone, I have to think common sense would say that reporters and journalists are pretty high on the list of people likely to rat you out.

Also, for an on-air personality, Dennis sure doesn't sound very eloquent.

by B (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 6:37pm

That's what Dennis sounds like on the air. One reason I stopped listening to WEEI. The other being Callahan.

by prunemike (not verified) :: Wed, 09/14/2005 - 7:57pm

That plus getting Sirius and listening to the NFL radio. WEEI talks nonstop Red Sox (even in December) and golf. Occassionally they mention the Patriots.

by Athelas (not verified) :: Thu, 09/15/2005 - 11:18am

But they had Will Allen on today! (Of course, it was a baseball conversation!
Seriously, if my husband didn't take the Sirius every day, I'd have CH. 124 on all day!

by slash'n'burn (not verified) :: Thu, 09/15/2005 - 12:40pm

yes, your honor, I know I shouldn't have slit the throats of 10 young children, that shows lack of judgement on my part!

OK, free to go, but next time, beware...

(inspired by princeton73. thanks)

by Rick "32_Footsteps" Healey (not verified) :: Thu, 09/15/2005 - 5:58pm

Wait a minute... you're telling me that while in elected office, Springer was nailed for soliciting a prostitute, made the obvious evidence of a personal check, and was later elected to an even higher office?

Cincinnati - Our politics make the Bengals look great.

by B (not verified) :: Thu, 09/15/2005 - 6:33pm

At least he was supporting local businesses.

by MDS (not verified) :: Thu, 09/15/2005 - 6:50pm

Actually, he wasn't even supporting local businesses. The prostitute he visited was across the state line in Kentucky.

by Ron Epstein (not verified) :: Wed, 09/28/2005 - 5:27pm

I could not believe what Samir Suleiman said in his voice mail to a reporter in St. Louis. What happened to the class in the Rams organization. The fact that Suleiman admitted he was a "backstabber" to Coach Martz and a "throat slasher", means they should FIRE HIM IMMEDIATELY. The Rams cannot afford to have an executive like him in their organization. Coach Martz needs support not dissent caused by a team employee. FIRE HIM and bring respect back to the NFL and the RAMS!!!