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Glazer suffers second stroke

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner was first stricken in mid-April. It happened again on the second day of the NFL draft.

Published May 19, 2006

TAMPA — After suffering a stroke last month that impaired his speech and left him partially paralyzed in his right arm and leg, Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer has suffered a second stroke.

On Friday, Glazer, 77, remained in the Cleveland Clinic. There are two such hospitals in Florida: one in Weston and another in Naples, but it was unclear at which facility he is being treated.

Glazer and his wife, Linda, live in Palm Beach.

Glazer spent eight days in the hospital after a stroke April 16, but he had gone home to rehabilitate. The second stroke occurred April 30, the second day of the NFL draft.

“Doctors expect my father to return home in the next few weeks,” Bucs executive vice president Joel Glazer said in a statement Friday night.

“As a result of this stroke, his rehabilitation period will be longer and more challenging. Our family appreciates all the support and warm wishes that we have received.”

Bucs general manager Bruce Allen and coach Jon Gruden were unavailable for comment.

It is unknown when or if Glazer will resume his role as the Bucs president and member of the NFL’s Finance Committee.

Three of his sons — Joel, Bryan and Ed — run the day-to-day operations, along with Allen and Eric Land, the team’s chief operating officer.

How Glazer’s condition might affect his business interests outside of the Bucs is also not known.

Glazer, who ranked 258th last year in Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 400 richest Americans, leaves day-to-day management of his key assets to his sons.

He installed sons Avram, Bryan and Joel on the board of Manchester United last year after acquiring controlling interest in the soccer club in May for 790-million pounds ($1.4-billion).

The acquisition of Man U, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, drew the vociferous opposition of many diehard fans.

The Glazer family also controls Zapata Corp., a Rochester, N.Y., holding company that holds a 58 percent interest in Omega Protein Corp., a major manufacturer of fish oil products. Avram Glazer is chairman and chief executive of Zapata.

Glazer purchased the Bucs from the estate of late owner Hugh Culverhouse in 1995 for a then-record price of $192-million after several failed efforts to buy other pro sports teams, including the New England Patriots, San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He quickly turned the Bucs from a laughingstock to one of the league’s premier franchises with a state-of-the-art stadium. Under his leadership, the Bucs have reached the playoffs six times and won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Poststroke rehabilitation helps individuals overcome disabilities that might result from stroke.

The institute’s Web site says a stroke may cause problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment and memory. About 14 percent of stroke survivors experience a second within a year.

Times staff writers Rick Stroud and Louis Hau contributed to this report.

[Last modified May 21, 2006, 10:57:20]

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