Skip to comments.Knock Out: CNBC Confirms Lehman CEO Punched at Gym
Posted on 10/06/2008 2:40:49 PM PDT by misterrob
Network verifies reports Richard Fuld was attacked for financial institution's bankruptcy.
It seems anxiety from the financial crisis is reaching new highs, but the tipping point for one individual came at the Lehman Brothers gym in the midst of the companys collapse.
While former Lehman CEO Richard Fuld was testifying before the House Oversight Committee Oct. 6, CNBC reported he had been punched in the face at the Lehman Brothers gym after it was announced the firm was going bankrupt. CNBC and Vanity Fair contributor Vicki Ward said Fuld was attacked at the gym on a Sunday following the bankruptcy.
Frankly, I sat there and listened and Im with the guy who apparently, the day before Barclays announced they were coming in and Lehman had already filed for bankruptcy, went over to him in the gym and punched him because thats how I feel when I, you know, when I watched that, Ward said on the Oct. 6 Power Lunch. I didnt think he was contrite at all, I thought he was arrogant.
Ward confirmed previous reports about the incident that reportedly occurred Sept. 21 and said the information came from two very senior sources.
From two very senior sources one incredibly senior source that he went to the gym after Lehman was announced as going under. He was on a treadmill with a heart monitor on. Someone was in the corner, pumping iron and he walked over and he knocked him out cold. And frankly after having watched this, Id have done the same too.
Ward determined Fuld deserved the beating based on his testimony before the committee.
I thought he was shameless, Ward said. I thought it was appalling. He blamed everyone. He blamed, as you say, naked short sellers over and over in case we didnt get the point, when in fact hedge funds like Harbinger had money locked up in Lehman and was shorting it to try and make the most of the money that they already had. He blamed everybody but himself.
Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in September 2008 and its assets were later snatched up by the British bank Barclays for $1.35 billion, which included Lehmans Midtown Manhattan office tower with a $960 million price tag.
Is it wrong to want to buy a beer for the guy who punched him?
I say, open season on lying, stealing scumbags.
Societal scorn, and yes, danger to their safety is what will slow these scumbags down.
In the past, we have been quick to admire those that get rich by any means, (1980s thought).
Quite right, but since they are all rats, it will never happen.
And then line up a bunch of Congressman.
When the Enron debacle was winding down I ended up standing right behind Jeff Skilling at the soda machine in Prince’s Hamburgers in Houston. At this point we all knew what scum he was. As I stood there patiently waiting for him to refill his soda I thought how easy it would be to avenge all the people that lost their life savings by clocking the guy. Not wanting to go to jail I just gave him a look instead. He’s a very tiny guy by the way and easily clockable.
That IS pretty cool! Maybe there are some ‘real men’ left in this world after all!
Somebody get that guy who punched this Lehman weasel a beer!!
(Free Republic men,of course, are in the ‘real men’ column too)
“former Lehman CEO Richard Fuld was testifying before the House Oversight Committee Oct. 6, CNBC reported he had been punched in the face at the Lehman Brothers gym after it was announced the firm was going bankrupt.”
Takes a lot of balls to go to workout in the company gym of the company you ran into the ground and LEFT.
I saw the protestors gathered outside of Ken Lay’s place.
Remember when the city machine LIKED Ken Lay (he helped secure the slim margin of victory on the stadium initiative)?
Well, Fuld is worth millions upon millions of $$$’s. His retirement “parachute” alone was $22 million. The guy who punched him? If he has any assets he’s about to lose them to his attorney and to Fuld....
Nice in theory. In reality, cold-cocking a guy worth $200+ million isn’t a wise investment of your time....
Real men would have strung him up on a lamp post on Wall Street.
I can’t say that we’ve admired people who “got rich” especially “by any means”.
I don’t swallow Oliver Stoned’s myth about “Greed is good” and the 1980s being the decade of greed. It was in the 1990s that people said “we cannot impeach Bill Clinton, because it would not be good for the market”. This in 1998, and the internet bubble burst ANYWAY.
Wrong..... there are millions of Americans that will gladly donate to his defense fund..... and there isn't a jury in this country that would find him guilty.....
Is he the one who got the $20 bil payout for just being 17 days on the job?
Hell, if I were a jurist I’d ask for a demonstration!
A KO? Man, that must've felt good.
Not sure we need that...yet...but imagine how much courage it took for that guy to clean Fuld’s clock the old fashioned way!! It’s awesome....lol!
Severance packages for failed CEOs should be limited to a new pair of work boots and cab fare to the nearest pier. That way, they have two options for doing the right thing.
Nope I think that was the new Wachovia guy.
in the back alley.
BWAHAHAHAHA!! Can someone do that to Obama for saying our troops were air raiding villages and killing civilians??!!!
Not sure we need that...yet...
When are we going to say “enough!”
Well, it wasn’t like the puncher was going to get fired, reprimanded or stripped of his stock options... Sounds like a low risk high reward type of conflict...
“When are we going to say enough!”
I hear ya....we need to tell the Democrats controlling Capital Hill...ENOUGH!!
If the cost of getting a check for $22 million dollars is a dent in the grill, where do I sign up?
If Congress (snicker, cnicker) gets serious about goin gafter these guys, it ain't his grill thats gonna get dented, but his rear exhaust in prision
If Congress (snicker, cnicker) gets serious about goin gafter these guys, it ain't his grill thats gonna get dented, but his rear exhaust in prison
Congress is not going to get ‘serious’ about any of this if the democrats keep control of the house and senate, because their bloody finger prints are all over it!! I would argue that it is going to get much worse as a matter of fact.
BARNEY FRANK and CHRIS DODD (among others) are the ones that belong in prison.
I admire your restraint, I also admire the heck out the guy who clocked Fuld.
We don’t know the whole story. Fuld was taken down by other insiders. I thought it was interesting he wasn’t talking about it today. JP Morgan look like the real villans. When they got upside down they got the Fed to bail out the cause (Bear), later they engineer a run on Lehman and then lock up the funds LEH needs to stay solvent. And the ex-Goldman Sec. of the Treasury lets them fail, while propping up every other firm in the industry. (Bear, Goldmans, JP Morgan, Merrill have all received a helping hand.)
I believe from his point of view he was screwed over by his fellow sharks. He knows way more than he is saying.
Millions for taking a single shot to the jaw. Nice work if you can get it.
You should have knocked the taste right out of his mouth.No jury would have convicted.
Then you really make it count.
He does look like he has two chicklets subbing for teeth in the picture.
Does it matter? Can't we hate all CEO's without being bothered with details?
Catching a fist in the gym is nothing compared to todays hearings where the congress beat the crap out of him
I can’t possibly understand why he showed up. You can’t be guilty of being in contempt of a contemptible congress
It was the Washington Mutual guy, and he's come out saying he's not taking the bonus. But we can hate him anyway.
Congress has the right to subpoena people.
Ohhh, hard to see how a jury would award him anything....
I agree, with the proviso that Congress (Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Chuckie Schumer. et. al.) be included within the scumbag population.
By your logic his assailant should have shot him....