Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas enjoyed more than three dozen vacations with powerful people during his tenure on the court which has reopened questions about his relationships with wealthy people, a report by ProPublica said. According to the news source, Justice Thomas has taken 38 holidays to different locations, including trips on a yacht, in private planes, and even in helicopters.
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According to a report released on Thursday, Thomas took gifts from wealthy oil tycoon Paul “Tony” Novelly, including a trip to the Bahamas, tickets to Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers games from the team’s previous owner H. Wayne Huizenga, and lodging at gorgeous homes owned by former Berkshire Hathaway employee David Sokol. Huizenga reportedly permitted Thomas entry to a private golf club that was created by Gary Player and was once the most coveted invitation of its kind.
Who was H Wayne Huizenga?
Harry Wayne Huizenga Sr was an American businessman. He created AutoNation and Waste Management Inc., and he owned or co-owned Blockbuster Video, the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL), the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) of Major League Baseball (MLB).
As the founder and first owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers, Huizenga is remembered for bringing ice hockey and baseball to the South Florida region. Additionally, he acquired the cable television network SportsChannel Florida (now Bally Sports Florida) in 1996 so that his teams’ matches could be shown in the area.
He received flak for choosing to name the two teams after the state of Florida rather than Miami. He stated that his objective was to expand the fan base of his clubs into Broward County and Palm Beach County as an advocate for the city of Fort Lauderdale. Huizenga’s brother-in-law tried unsuccessfully to buy the NBA’s Miami Heat in 1994.
Huizenga died of cancer at the age of 80 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the night of March 22, 2018.