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Waibel served with subpoena in Petke case

The former RSL GM has been asked to provide documents and recordings, as well as provide testimony.

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The Mike Petke case continues today, not with a response from Real Salt Lake, but with a notice of subpoena to former Real Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel.

The subpoena is to appear and give testimony on Oct. 25 at the offices of Bennett Tueller Johnson & Deere in Salt Lake City. It is also to provide documents and communications from Jan. 1 to now, specified below.

Documents and communications:

  • ... between Waibel and RSL regarding Mike Petke
  • ... between Waibel and RSL regarding the Leagues Cup match on July 24
  • ... between Waibel and MLS regarding Mike Petke
  • ... between Waibel and MLS regarding the Leagues Cup match
  • ... between Waibel and Hansen regarding Mike Petke
  • ... between Waibel and Hansen “regarding or in any way relating to RSL”
  • ... between Waibel and RSL regarding press releases “mentioning or otherwise referring to” Petke
  • ... between Waibel and RSL (or, in a separate line item, Hansen) regarding RSL’s termination of any contract or agreement with Petke
  • ... between Waibel and RSL (or Hansen, as above) regarding Petke’s lawsuit naming RSL as a defendant
  • ... any agreements between Waibel and RSL (or Hansen) regarding his departure as general manager
  • ... between Waibel and “any other individuals or entities” regarding his departure as general manager
  • ...any audiotapes of communications between Waibel and RSL regarding Petke
  • ...any audiotapes of communications between Waibel and Petke
  • ...any audiotapes of communications between Waibel and Hansen regarding Petke

So, there’s a lot there. We have to consider, of course, a few things.

  • First, it’s likely that any number of communications — chiefly, email — might no longer be in Waibel’s possession following his departure as an employee of RSL.
  • It’s also certainly possible that Waibel would have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Real Salt Lake following his dismissal (as discussed in this tweet thread), which may also impact his involvement in the subpoena.
  • Waibel is slated for deposition under oath, which could very well produce the most interesting results. We don’t know at this point if that would become public information or not.

There’s still some way to go in this matter. It seems RSL is required to respond by Oct. 10 — Thursday — unless they motion to dismiss, which it appears they may have. We’ll stick on this one.