Andrew Giuliani, the son of America’s Mayor, was kicked off the Duke
Golf team. He sued Duke University claiming it could affect his future
career as a pro golfer. In this case U.S. District Court Judge Wallace
Dixon sided with the University. Dixon didn’t just side with Duke
against Master Andrew, he smashed Andrew’s case down the fairway.
Master Andrew enjoyed the how-far-in-do-you-want-this-putter
treatment. Andrew may as well bend down and place his head on a
Some editorials have spun this as the proper
comeuppance for what many consider the poster child of spoiled
ex-mayoral offspring. We don’t see it that way. Poor Andrew didn’t
choose to have rich parents or a daddy who became the savior of 9/11.
Everyone remembers cute little out-of-control Andrew drawing attention
from Rudy on the podium. Poor Andrew didn’t choose to have a mommy who
would offer Duke a million dollar charity donation to re-instate her
son on the team. Poor Andrew didn’t choose to be a person who felt
entitlement of his every desire. He is a victim of his environment.
And worst of all poor Andrew didn’t choose to draw a
judge who used cute golf lingo to stymie Andrew’s suit. It’s a crying
shame how Judge Dixon mocked the sincerity of Master Andrew’s premise.
Here are some examples of Judge Dixon’s opinions:
contends all elements for breach of contract were properly alleged. His
analysis, however, slices far off the fairways.”
Giuliani tees up his case by alleging he was a victim of a secret
expulsion with no opportunity to defend himself.”
To this contention Judge Dixon quotes Carl Spackler (played by Bill Murray) from the Caddyshack movie: “Giuliani’s
argument that he was a victim of a secret expulsion brings to mind Carl
Spackler’s analysis “He’s on the final hole. He’s about 455 yards away,
he’s gonna hit a 2 iron, I think.”
The Judge uses Caddyshack! That’s how little respect Judge Dixon has for the son of America’s mayor and his high priced lawyers.
Duke defended their dismissal of Andrew by saying he
broke clubs and tossed an apple at a teammate. Here again, poor Andrew
is misunderstood. Andrew is the son of a former New York City mayor. He
didn’t ask to be the son of a New York City mayor. But here he was with
New York City being affectionately known as “The Big Apple.” And
everyone should know the sons of Big Apple mayors show their friendship
by tossing big apples at people.
Andrew Giuliani therefore felt entitled to
compensation of $ 200,000 for a contract breach based on his agreement
to play for the university.
To this argument Judge Dixon says “Plaintiff attempts to take a mulligan with this argument; however, this shot also lands in the drink.” And as for interference with a contract Dixon writes “Plaintiff also shanks this claim.”
Giuliani did graduate, never had a scholarship, and
had the 12th best scoring average on a thirteen person squad. He did
turn pro… because as the son of America’s mayor, he’s entitled to turn
pro. Don’t hold that against him. Sometimes it is hard to break out of