...investigators concluded that Lee's outburst was "an isolated incident" and that he broke no laws or regulations.Lee gets to keep his Missouri Gaming License but will have to pay $16,800 -- the equivalent of 3,360 losing hands of $5 blackjack at Lumiere Place -- to cover the cost of the state's investigation.
"He was mad," said Gaming Commission Executive Director Gene McNary. "He's head of a company that has made a substantial investment, and the councilman has voted for his competitor. Those aren't threats. That's the expression of, 'How can you do this to us?'"
Lee was represented at today's hearing by his attorney, Jim Deutsch of Jefferson City.
"There's no question the behavior was inappropriate," Deutsch said after the meeting. "The fact is, everybody has a bad day. Dan had his. Not all inappropriate behavior is a violation of statutes or regulations, and they're not authorized to punish bad ideas or bad behavior."
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