lehman brothers ceo knocked out at gym

I’m spending this evening reading through the news while listening to the new episode of “This American Life”, which is all about the unbelievably bleak financial situation we find ourselves in. I guess you could say that I’m feeling kind of hopeless. The evening, however, has not been without its bright spots. I just read, for instance, that Richard Fuld, the former CEO of Lehman Brothers, who made over $300 million in pay and bonuses during his tenure at the corporation, shortly after announcing the bankruptcy of his company, was knocked out cold by a sucker punch to the head while jogging on a treadmill at his gym. While I find such acts of physical aggression to be completely inexcusable under most circumstances, I’m somehow able to see the beauty of it here.

It’s one thing to fuck up colossally, sending the entire developed world into an economic tailspin, and beg for forgiveness. It’s another to fuck up colossally, sending the entire developed world into an economic tailspin, and then head off to the gym.

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  1. Chelsea
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Wait a minute: If he’s that rich, what was he doing at a public gym?

  2. mark
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I think it was a fancy, exclusive gym… not the YMCA.

    Which I think makes it all the better. Chances are it was another CEO who knocked him out.

  3. Posted October 7, 2008 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    According to the Telegraph, it was at the Lehman Brothers’ office gym.


  4. Paw
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    You can see the douche bag in action here, testifying before congress.


  5. peter honeyman
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    that’s fucked up

  6. Brackache
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Violence is like pooping. There’s a time and a place for it, and sometimes it’s just got to come out in the company gym.

  7. Curt Waugh
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I’m actually kinda surprised that, in an angry country armed to the teeth like the U.S., that this is the most that has happened. Hell, way back in the Enron days, all those hard-ass Texans who had their life savings taken away didn’t even so much as punch one of those guys in the face. I’m not all that fond of violence, but sometimes a guy really deserves a good punch in the face. May there be much more face punching for our good friends on Wall St!

  8. Job
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    This may be the closest thing to justice this crook Fuld may ever get in this corrupt society. More power to whoever hit him, and may the blows of righteousness be ever stronger in the future! Robbery, no matter how legally it is committed, needs to carry consequences.

  9. Robert
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    How many of you wouldn’t play the bad guy in public opinion and take one punch in the face in trade for 300 million?

  10. Brackache
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Like in a Mr. Burns’ prankmonkey way or a Andy Kaufman wrestling villain way?

  11. Robert
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I’d take either, Brackache. Wouldn’t you?

  12. mark
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    This isn’t really related to the post, but I think it would be great to show Andy Kaufman’s “I’m From Hollywood” video at the park, if the outdoor film series ever comes into being. I’ll add it to the list of things to consider.

  13. mark
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    And you know that there has to be security camera footage of this guy getting knocked out. I’m sure the folks at Lehman Brothers must watch it and high-five one another.

  14. Alfie Wayman
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d go to the gym so much more often if there were bankers to punch. I get bored with the same old machines. I’d love to get my exercise by chasing and beating a Citibank employee.

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