Matthew Maddox is the new president of Wynn Resorts whose former leader, Steve Wynn, has resigned in disgrace following revelations in the Wall Street Journal and further revelations in the Las Vegas Sun about Wynn’s appalling behavior.
Dozens of women interviewed told stories about Wynn’s sexual advances and sexual incidents – and there were dozens of women who came forward by name.
Enter Mr. Maddox, the new president of Wynn Resorts. He worked side by side with Wynn for more than a decade. He rose through the ranks to become Wynn’s main man.
Wynn liked him. He liked Wynn. They spent an enormous amount of time together both socially and time together for the business while building the company.
Both men came to know one another well.
Might they have shared a secret or two?
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be examining Maddox’s suitability to be the president of the corporation that owns the gambling license at the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel in Everett.
The Commission’s investigative arm will be scouring Maddox’s past, as they scoured Wynn’s past 4 years ago.
Four years ago the investigators reported Wynn was perfectly suitable after a long and thorough investigation.
Will Maddox receive the same suitability OK as his predecessor after a long and thorough investigation?
Will commission investigators ask Maddox if he was a visitor to Wynn’s main office during the decade he worked as his right hand man?
If Maddox answers, “Yes,” will they then ask:
“Did you ever wonder what went on inside the room with the massage table or did Mr. Wynn tell you about his many conquests?”
How does Maddox answer such questions?
If he answers, “No,” he is a liar.
If he answers “Yes,” he is unfit to be the president of Wynn Resorts.
If Maddox says he had no idea what kind of man Wynn was in his private life, that there was no way to know what Wynn’s sexual proclivities were and what his sexual excesses consisted of, he is a liar as a fool.
Such claims of not knowing about a man he worked side by side with for more than a decade is the stuff of stale fiction.
The Gaming Commission investigators who did the original look into Wynn’s suitability should be fired. In fact, they should be investigated.
If the same investigators look into Maddox’s life and determine he is suitable, well, what is there to say?
The Gaming Commission has a tough job to do determining exactly who has not been soiled by their longtime association with Wynn.
It is both obvious and damning that everyone who worked closely with Wynn knew about his excesses.
The same way an alcoholic friend can’t hide his drinking habit, Wynn couldn’t hide his sexual abuse of women from his closest colleagues.
That was then.
This is now.
Is Maddox a suitable replacement for his former boss?
Let’s see what happens.