Donald Trump‘s latest feud, this time with gaming giant MGM Mirage, has a familiar ring to it.
It’s not the first time he’s nuked a Las Vegas rival’s new project.
When Trump went on Larry King‘s CNN show this week and referred to MGM Mirage’s $8.4 billion CityCenter project as "an absolute catastrophe," few who follow The Donald doubt that it was an off-the-cuff comment.
Trump, 63, has a retaliatory history. In this case, it would appear his CityCenter slam was a response to comments by MGM Mirage chairman and CEO Jim Murren, who told the L.A. Weekly that Trump’s Las Vegas tower "certainly is not Fifth Avenue."
Trump operates his real estate empire from his Fifth Avenue headquarters.
Back in the 1980s and much of the 1990s, Trump famously feuded with Las Vegas hotel developer Steve Wynn, who invaded Trump’s gaming territory, Atlantic City, and even his neighborhood, by purchasing a ritzy apartment on Fifth Avenue.
Sometimes the gamesmanship got deeply personal. When Trump’s girlfriend Marla Maples came to Las Vegas after a spat with Trump, Wynn rolled out the red carpet at his Mirage hotel: a suite upgrade, with everything on the house, according to New York magazine.
Among the printable things Trump called Wynn: a "scumbag," "strange," and "a very disturbed person," according to the magazine. Wynn countered by describing Trump as a "cartoon," a "perverse exaggeration" and a "second-string adolescent."
And when Trump ran out of personal insults, he went after something very dear to Wynn’s heart; his most ambitious project, Bellagio.
In the interview with New York magazine, Trump described it as "a very ugly new facility … one of the ugliest masses I’ve seen — and that’s my business. I’m hearing the construction expense numbers could be double what they anticipated. They’re way over budget in Biloxi where Wynn is building another new casino, by hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a real problem for them."
TIGER JAM IN LIMBO
A Los Angeles-based sports blog reported Wednesday that Tiger Woods‘ annual charity concert, Tiger Jam, has been "officially canceled."
An unnamed source told SportsbyBrooks.com, "Think about it, do you think it’s a good idea right now for Tiger Woods to be raising money for charity in Vegas?"
The Tiger Woods Foundation, when asked to confirm or deny the report, responded with a vague nondenial. "There is nothing new to announce regarding Tiger Jam at this time. We hope to announce a date once it has been finalized. A number of factors go into determining the date, including the Tiger Woods Foundation schedule and artist availability."
The event’s main sponsor, AT&T, came out with a statement saying it was "evaluating" its relationship with Woods.
Seventy percent of the proceeds from the Mandalay Bay event have gone to four local charities in the past, with the rest going to Los Angeles.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Over the weekend, a new alleged mistress came forward. That is 14 now, which, I think, makes Tiger Woods eligible for a free six-foot sub." — late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel
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