Fox Sports just joined the ranks of ESPN's SEC analysts and Yahoo!Sports fine "columnists".
Fox Sports decides to put a story with this headline, "Report: USC could foreclose on Kiffin". (see: http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/lane-kiffin-owes-usc-loan-on-5-million-dollar-mansion--foreclosure-fired-airport-100113)
This is a sensationalized story headline with more buzzwords than a previously unrequested, aged, and ill-appearing SEC analyst on ESPN's College GameDay.
Erin Andrews should go smack some heads at Fox Sports for running this poor piece of "sports journalism".
Need we remark that TMZ is not a reputable source of information on USC football. Harvey Levin should be ashamed. But, of course, the man has been a bottom-dwelling "journalist" anyway. He has no shame. Well, at this point, I figure let's review Harvey Levin and his property picture.
Well, here's some interesting stuff that pops when searching Google for "Harvey Levin" (without any other qualifiers)...
From Wiki: "Levin received his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He passed the California bar exam in 1975 and was an active attorney in California from December 12, 1975, to January 1, 1996."
(May I say that you, Harvey, appear to have used your UCSB undergrad and University of Chicago Law degree with excellence.)
TMZ's Harvey Levin talks about being gay in the news business: "I was so terrified that somebody would find out."
It seems that Harvey Levin himself was concerned with staff from KCBS finding him in a restaurant with his boyfriends. Yet, Levin himself has the gall to go to the Kiffin home and claim that USC is foreclosing on the Kiffin family? There has been no such story and the very headline is demeaning to both the Kiffin family and USC.
Things are not well at TMZ are they? There's something seriously wrong with Levin's head.
Look here: Note from Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TMZ.com "Since the launch of TMZ, the website has faced criticism, varying from attempted boycotts to criticism of its journalism tactics to its website's focus. The TMZ website has been criticized for its usage of photographs and videos obtained from paparazzi." "TMZ faced strong criticism for purchasing stolen items pertaining to the fourth Indiana Jones film."
"In what The Smoking Gun called "a colossal screw-up", TMZ published an "exclusive" picture on their Web site of a man purported to be John F. Kennedy on a ship with several naked women that could have "changed history" had it come out during his presidential campaign. Despite having a Photoshop expert proclaiming the picture as "authentic", the picture was later discovered to have not been of Kennedy at all. The photo was discovered to have been part of a Playboy photoshoot from November 1967, which was later confirmed by Playboy representatives.
"On the week of January 16, 2013, Andre Lowe was killed outside of a nightclub in Hollywood. A nearby reporter from TMZ ended up filming the attack and it was posted to the website without permission of the family. The family of Lowe started a campaign on Change.org to have TMZ take down the video and article about him. On January 22, 2013, TMZ ended up taking the video down after over two dozen advertisers revoked ads for the website because of the campaign."
This causes me to wonder if all is well in the Levin household? Or has Harvey been lusting after Layla's home? It turns out that Levin is projecting his own issue. He's attempting to sell his own shared West Hollywood home for FIVE TIMES his purchase price. Now, why would Levin need to find $4 million dollars quick?
From LA TIMES: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/01/business/la-fi-hotprop-harvey-levin-20130301 "Harvey Levin has JUST listed his ultra-private retreat in Hollywood Hills West for $5.3 million … The Times has learned … by studying the new listings on the MLS."
"Other features include a two-story step-down living room, an office, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a partially finished basement. Outdoors there’s a swimming pool and spa, lawn and flagstone patio area."
"The house has been listed for lease for as much as $20,000 a month during Levin’s ownership. Public records show he bought the house in 1998 for $950,000."
Then, we find this news from http://realestalker.blogspot.com/2013/03/tmz-boss-harvey-levin-lists-sunset.html
"YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It has come to Your Mama's attention that attorney, legal analyst and celebrity gossip bigwig Harvey Levin—he's the co-founder, owner and managing editor at TMZ—has hoisted his long-time home in West Hollywood, CA on the market with a celebrity-style $5,300,000 asking price.
"Property records indicate Mister Levin picked up the house way back in 1998 for $950,000 and almost immediately added his longtime man-friend, chiropractor Andy Maurer—or Mauer, depending on what documentation you look at online—to the deed and documentation.
"Your Mama's research shows Mister Levin and Mister Mauer (or Maurer or whatever) also own a nearly 1,800 square foot condo in a beachside building in Marina del Rey (CA) that they snatched up for $1,200,000 in 2003."
"We have absolutely no inside intel into the matter but Your Mama would bet both our long bodied bitches, Linda and Beverly, that Mister Levin and his long term male companion will trade up to an even more impressive estate with a larger house and more extensive grounds. We shall see..."
Turn about is fair Mr. Levin.
If you don't like internet hounds sniffing your real estate deals and finances, leave Layla and kids alone. USC and the Kiffin family have no beef with you or TMZ. But, if you keep it up, the Trojan family will have a significant beef with you. And, let me warn you Mr. Levin, we have a very large alumni base in Los Angeles.
We can come back with more with just a few more trips to the hall of records. TMZ isn't the only game in town, as many of your own disgruntled former employees can testify (I found their comments on the internet also).
And, Mr. Levin, best wishes on your finances and your sale of your West Hollywood home because it appears you are finding help lacking, at least, at your requested price.
UPDATE on Harvey Levin's home sales:
The address appears to be 1136 North Doheny Drive. According to a Zillow.com search on 10/2/2013 (the same day that Levin "broke" his TMZ report claiming USC is foreclosing on the Kiffin family), his 3 bedroom "home" is zestimated at $3.9 million dollars, not the $5.3 million he was asking.
Maybe Levin is projecting some here? Is the home leveraged by creditors (banks) because home equity lines of credit were taken out by Levin and his partner for various things? It make you wonder doesn't it?
Here's more info from Zillow:
On 3/1/2013 Levin listed at $5,300,000 (an increase of 458% over purchase on 8/7/1998 at $950,000). After six weeks of no takers, they lowered the price to $4,750,000 (a fall of 10.4%). On July 2, 2013, they removed the listing from the market.
That would be called a real estate "fail" Harvey.
You have no business ragging on USC about foreclosure and the Kiffin's about their home when you yourself can not move your own home and have to delist it from the MLS!