Before we get into the real meat and potatoes here I think it’s important to point out that when one of us posted to the @ludlowlebron twitter account this morning stating that we would break this story down for you, Mr. Sponge became irate and began threatening to meet with CEO’s of companies that Bubba believes employs people who share negative opinions of him. Many of us believed that Bubba was done trying to silence his twitter critics through intimidation and bullying tactics. We figured since it’s never worked in the past – rather it’s blown up in his face – he would learn his lesson(s) and move on. Sadly, Mr. Sponge has not learned a thing. This public figure continues to threaten and try to intimidate those who speak out against him. For someone who claims to support our freedom of speech – his attempts to silent critics is disturbing. And it will fail.
We’re putting this piece together to better educate the local media, who are late to the game or are just being led around by the bully Sponge. While this post may seem long winded, there’s some key background information here that’s very relevant and necessary for one to get a clear understanding of this story and the characters involved. Should an aggressive investigative team digest this info and then pursue the leads we provide, it would make one hell of a story.
For several weeks Mr. Sponge has been touting his latest publicity stunt: buying the historical Jackson House and renovating it. Except, he claims it’s not a publicity stunt. He want’s to do it out of the kindness of his heart, for the black community in Tampa. Many former and some current Sponge employees and friends tell us that Bubs is racist. Sponge will tell you these are just disgruntled people no longer in his world. We believe where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The claims from those who’ve been close to Sponge is the smoke. The Fire? Listen to the audio below. And be warned, it’s vulgar and offensive.
Yes, the same man who calls someone a “nigger” in front of his young son – The same man who went off on a wild highly offensive racist rant while recording a Vermont Teddy Bear ad – suddenly wants to do something noble for the African American Community in Tampa. If you believe that, I got a bridge to sell you. Leave a comment and it’s yours.
Ask yourselves why no African American activist groups have stepped up to support Bubs in this endeavor? Uhurus anyone? Nope, they hate Bubba. NAACP? Absent! Michelle Williams? Nope won’t talk with Bubs.
Amazingly Bubs had the nerve today to state that Mayor Buckhorn doesn’t like black people. Consider the source. Do you see the irony? Not much more to say there.
After much analysis, we can tell you that while this stunt appears to be largely an attempt for publicity, there are some other motivations here. Allow us to explain:
We’ve concluded that Bub’s badly wants to improve his public image. And even more so, the public image of his BFF, Stephen Diaco. In the last year or two Mr. Sponge and cronies suffered some pretty big setbacks in regards to their public image.
First, Sponge spent the better part of 2012 seemingly stalking critics on Twitter. Going so far as to call listeners on their personal phones to try and silence them through intimidation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVSUmLZM_Hc) and sending thugs to workplaces of others to warn them against criticizing the Sponge (matter of public record).
Then the infamous sex tape was released which appeared to show Bub’s loaning his then wife to a friend while he secretly recorded the session and preserved it for future use. Rumor has it that for some unknown reason the DVD of the romp was found in Bub’s office by an erstwhile employee. The rest is history.
2013 brought about DUI setup of Phil Campbell. As the Florida Bar and FBI investigates the setup of Campbell and the conduct of Bub’s legal team, a long time Tampa Police officer was fired, and public perception of Bubs and Diaco have reached all time lows.
That brings us to this: Bubs mentioned that there are three individuals investing the money for the Jackson House
stunt project. As per standard operating procedures Bubs claims “These three individuals want to remain anonymous”. They don’t want any credit or publicity. Of course not. They don’t want the publicity until the project is a success. Or at least heading in the write direction. Bubs has used this old script many times. Believe us when we tell you that had this stunt worked out, Bubba would have been singing the praises of one Stephen Diaco (first scoop). Diaco would play the role of the humble benefactor while Bubba insisted that Diaco wanted to stay out of the spotlight and will be so mad at him for outing him. Yeah right. Nothing could be further from the truth. Diaco needs the good publicity. He was indeed one of the “anonymous investors” that Bubba spoke of. Take that to the bank!
Another “anonymous investor”? Gary Kompothecras (second scoop for those keeping score) better known as Gary from 1-800-ASK-Gary – Lawyer referral service . And guess what? In a new twist, Bubba claimed today that he had secured commitments from “the ten top law firms in Tampa” to set up shop in the Jackson House and offer FREE legal service to those who qualify. How convenient!!! Tremendous!!! If there’s investigative reporters out there that want a good story, try to validate the “Top ten law firm claim”. We expect you’ll find that the law firms who committed to Bubs are firms that partner with Gary. Read this article (http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/327360/8/State-Farm-suing-1-800-ASK-GARY-founder-Dr-Gary-Kompothecras) and connect the dots people. IT’S RIGHT THERE FOR YOU – RUN WITH IT!
We also find it likely that this stunt appealed to Bubs because he saw it as an opportunity to embarrass Mayor Bob Buckhorn, whom Bubs refers to as “Bulldozer Bob”. Recently, an email from Buckhorn was made public. In it he referred to Bubs as “A complete moron”. Yes, our Mayor is a good judge of character. This enraged Bubs and he has dreamed of revenge ever sense. You see, you’re not allowed to talk bad about the Sponge. Bubs now claims he will be running for Mayor of Tampa to spoil the election for the Honorable Buckhorn. Lest we forget when Bubba told listeners he’d be running for Mayor of St. Pete after a member of Mayor Foster’s staff opined that Bubs was “an unsavory character”. Long story short, he didn’t run for Mayor in St. Pete, and he won’t in Tampa.
Hopefully the above will prove useful to those interested in the whole story. It will surely result in more personal attacks of innocent people from Bubs and his “army”, but that is a risk we take to remain free.
Bubs claims he has learned to ignore his critics on social media. Let’s see if that’s true.
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