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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke September 10, 2021

No, the Tampa Bay Bucs owner didn’t pay for the WSJ ad critical of Biden

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  • Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., the son of a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner, paid for an ad critical of President Joe Biden in the Wall Street Journal. His father died in 1994 and the team was sold to another family the following year. 

On Aug. 29, Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted an image of a newspaper advertisement criticizing President Joe Biden. 

"Mr. President," the ad said, "Americans deserve better. Your impulsive actions, bias and indecision in your crisis in Afghanistan have caused Americans eternal shame." 

The ad is signed "Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr."

Cruz said it was a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal from "the former owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."  

Jenna Laine, an ESPN reporter who covers the NFL team, quickly tweeted a correction. 

"This is not from former Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse, who died in 1994" Laine said. "This is from his son, Hugh Culverhouse Jr. — a lawyer, a real estate investor and a philanthropist."

But the claim, or some variation, was already running wild on the internet. 

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One image of the ad that’s being shared on Facebook says: "A full page ad in the Wall Street Journal paid for by the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

The Buccaneers team has six owners, and Culverhouse Jr. isn’t one of them. The co-owners are: Bryan Glazer, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Edward Glazer, Joel Glazer, Avram Glazer and Kevin Glazer. 

The Glazer family have owned the Buccaneers since its late patriarch, Malcolm Glazer, bought the team in 1995 from the estate of Hugh Culverhouse, who had owned the team until his death in 1994

Reporting on his death, the New York Times said at the time that in 1990, Culverhouse relinquished "day-to-day operations of the team" to his daughter, Gay Culverhouse, his law partner, Stephen F. Story, and his son, Hugh Culverhouse Jr.

In 1992, Gay Culverhouse became the team’s president, and in 1993, Hugh Culverhouse Sr. turned over control of the team to three trustees, his children not among them. 

"Perhaps the similarity of my name caused Ted Cruz to call me the owner," Culverhouse Jr. told USA Today

He isn’t. We rate this post False.


Our Sources

Facebook post, Aug. 28, 2021

Ted Cruz tweet, Aug. 29, 2021

Jenna Laine tweet, Aug. 29, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ownership, visited Sept. 10, 2021

Fortune, The Hunts vs. the Glazers: the family dynasties dueling it out for Super Bowl LV, Feb. 5, 2021

The Associated Press, Buccaneers sold to Glazer, Jan. 17, 1995

The New York Times, Hugh Culverhouse, 75, owner of the Buccaneers, Aug. 26, 1994

USA Today, Fact check: Sponsor of newspaper ad criticizing Biden is not the owner of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Sept. 9, 2021


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