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L.A. Dodgers Owner: Jamie Never Wanted the Team

8/24/2010 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt claims his wife, Jamie McCourt, diabolically tried to strong-arm him into showing his love by giving her a piece of the team -- at the same time she was secretly consulting divorce lawyers.

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In Frank's legal brief, obtained by TMZ, the Dodgers owner maintains his wife signed over her interest in the team, in return for getting sole ownership of more than $100 million in homes. 

Frank claims in legal papers Jamie never wanted to buy the Dodgers in the first place.  According to Frank, Jamie felt buying the team in 2004 was a "risky business venture," because the Dodgers had been losing millions and the deal was insanely leveraged.

Frank says Jamie -- a lawyer who has drafted marital agreements herself -- was more than happy to sign the marital property agreement that gave Frank the team and gave her all the homes.  

But fast forward to 2008 ... the Dodgers became profitable while the value of real estate began plummeting.  According to the docs, Jamie came to Frank with a proposal:  "If we're going to be life partners, we're going to be business partners."  Frank says Jamie wanted him to give her half interest in the Dodgers but she would keep most of the homes herself.  Frank smelled a rat and said no. 

Frank claims Jamie was stricken with celebrity-itus and wanted a piece of the team, calling it "her ticket to become the mayor of Los Angeles, the Governor of California, and maybe even the President of the United States.  To create the fairytale of 'Brand Jamie,' she recognized she had to rewrite history."

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