Jordan fires office parrot "Polly" after huge legal bill
Eddie and his office parrot in better days
Silverstone, England. In a scene described by onlookers as tragic, Jordan Grand Prix team owner Eddie Jordan fired his longtime companion and office parrot Polly, after the feathered critter caused a major misunderstanding in sponsorship discussions.
The bird's input into sensitive contract negotiations with mobile phone giant Vodafone caused a costly lawsuit by the fledgling Formula One team.
According to court transcripts, on the 22 of March 2001 a Vodafone executive telephoned Eddie Jordan and spoke to him on a loudspeaker telephone in the presence of Mr. Ian Phillips and Polly the Parrot.
The Vodafone executive informed Mr. Jordan that Vodafone would sponsor Jordan for the three Grand Prix seasons, between 2002 and 2004.
According to Jordan, the Vodafone executive is supposed to have told Jordan and Phillips that "Ooh! You've got a deal" and "Ooh! He wanted a biscuit."
Polly was not available for comment, but wanted a cracker.