The FIFA Scandal and Its Connection to Dallas

An alert FrontBurnervian has brought Aaron Davidson to my attention, and now I bring him to yours. The Miami New Times published a story today about Davidson, who has described himself as a “Tex-Mex-Costa Rican Jew.” He grew up in Dallas, went to Greenhill, got his law degree from SMU. Now he’s caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal. Here’s how New Times put it:

The story of Aaron Davidson — the only American-born defendant charged in the vast case — has mostly been lost amid tabloid-worthy tales of blatant graft funding luxury penthouses in New York City, palatial estates in Trinidad, and gala lakefront parties in Switzerland. But Davidson’s downfall is operatic in its own way. It’s the stunning undoing of a brilliant, exasperating would-be visionary, an Alex P. Keaton-like prodigy with world-conquering dreams who lived in a million-dollar Brickell Key condo and jetted around the globe with soccer stars.

The whole story, 5,000 words of it, is worth reading. Davidson’s father, Jaime, still lives here. He’s a diabetes expert at UT Southwestern:

The striking doctor with a full mustache and an intelligent, open face rose to national prominence in his field. In the early ’90s, he helped found the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and Gov. Ann Richards appointed him chair of the Texas Diabetes Council. Costa Rica even made him an honorary consul. In Dallas’ Jewish circles, he became a well-known leader, donating to local synagogues and starting medical programs in Israel.

As for Davidson, he pleaded not guilty and posted a $5 million bond in May. Ever since, he’s been under house arrest in his 12th-floor condo overlooking Biscayne Bay.

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