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BALTIMORE — Orioles president John Angelos made it clear the team would not leave Baltimore, then responded controversially when asked by a reporter for more clarity on the future of the team’s ownership.

“Fear not, the Orioles will be here,” he said.

Angelos appeared with Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott at Camden Yards on Monday to announce a $5 million commitment to the CollegeBound Foundation, which empowers students in Baltimore schools to earn a college degree or other post-secondary option. As part of the initiative, the Orioles will provide paid internships to former Baltimore City students and current scholars in the college’s graduate program.

It was a rare opportunity for reporters to ask Angelos questions, and the first was about the team’s lease. Angelos said in a memo to team staff last year that he was looking forward to signing a new lease that would commit the team to remain in Baltimore.

On Monday, he said he wanted to talk mostly about what’s going on in the community, but he was clear about the team’s home.

“The Orioles are going to be here for the long haul,” Angelos said. “We’ve been here, and I’ve said many times publicly, uninvited, unprompted, we’re never going anywhere.”

The next question, posed to another reporter, was about the future of Angelos’ own involvement with the team over the next few years.

“On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when we talk about putting children in a clear-thinking, good-thinking, forward-thinking environment, it really doesn’t matter. There’s no way in hell they’re born, during college, to talk about things like that,” Angelos said. “So I’m going to argue that today, in this forum, in front of the mayor of Baltimore and all these people.”

“I find that highly inappropriate and I think your focus is completely misplaced and lacks any perspective on what the real world faces and what the likes of the Orioles and Ravens should be like. the true pillar and role of the organization. Angelos added.

Angelos was sued last year by his brother, Louis, who claimed that John Angelos had seized control of the Orioles at his expense. The reporter did not address the lawsuit when Angelos was asked about his future relationship with the team.

“You can find any park-option, high-value sports team or involvement, you’re always going to have some controversy, but I’ve been very honest. I am very transparent,” Angelos said. “In fact, I would invite you and all of your colleagues, next week, not on Martin Luther King Day, you can come back to this building, you can meet me in this office. I’ll take you down to the third floor and show you the financial situation of the Orioles. I’ll show you the management of the Orioles. I will show you everything you want to know and I will answer all your questions. But today, on MLK Day, I’m not answering any of those questions.”

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