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@MJOKC @SSLealos You're telling me that it's not alright to lie to get something you want but you're giving Clay a pass because other businessman do shady things. I'm not getting your logic.
P.S. I'm not saying that he's the only businessman to lie.
1 year, 6 months ago on Report: Maloofs near deal to sell Kings to Seattle group
@MJOKC @dmason_24 @SSLealos So it is alright to lie to get what you want? Strange principles.
@SSLealos Wonder why fans for teams from other cities that lost their teams don't do what you just described? Because the consensus around the country is that the relocation of the Sonics was the most shady relocation of a franchise ever. The Sonicgate people go out their and do what they do to remind people of what happened.
No one is lying to the city of Sacramento. Chris Hanson, the buyer is not going to go to Sacramento and pretend like he is going to do everything in his power to keep the team in Sacramento. His intentions are clear. Like all other cities that lost teams, their anger is towards the owner who sold the team to the guy who is clearly going to relocate the team.
@BallSoHard @dmason_24 This is not about having a choice or not. For Sacramento it's about being jurked around by the two boneheaded jerks and for Seattle, we were flat lied to.
Both cities got screwed in different ways.
@BallSoHard @dmason_24 @justin_mia @FF_pickups No one is saying that Sacramento is not getting hosed. The 2 situations are not apples to apples. They are completely different.
The Maloofs own the Kings and are jerking Sacramento around because they want to relocate to somewhere more favorable or get a sweet heart of a deal (the $391 deal would have them contributing too much of their own money than they would have liked).
In Seattle, Bennett bought the team, held a press conference that his one and only intention is to keep the team in Seattle but that was never the case.
@BallSoHard @justin_mia @FF_pickups @dmason_24
Yes, if it involved tax payer money, then you're right. But as a die hard fan growing up with the team I have no problem with that. My biggest problem with the whole situation were the lies and deceit. If Bennett and his crew were upfront with their intentions, then this is like Sacramento losing their team to an owner with the clear intention to move the team. That was not the case for Seattle 5 years ago. And of course, Bennett wouldn't be able to buy the team in the first place if he were honest about his intentions.
@FF_pickups @BallSoHard Bennett wanted a $500 million glass palace fully funded by tax payer money. No city would approve that, especially one that had forked over a lot of dough for 2 stadiums already.
Approving something like that is irresponsible to the citizens. Bennett put up a ridiculous offer knowing it would be rejected and it was. After that he gave all his effort to relocating the team.
@tydude Because it was his best chance at owning a team. He couldn't purchase the Hornets so plan B was purchase the next available team, which was the Sonics but he had to act as if he wanted to keep the team in Seattle because otherwise Shultz would not sell to him.
@Bryson Really? That's all you got to say?
"If the Sonics didn’t move to OKC, they probably were going to move somewhere else." Simply not true. The previous ownership group understood the value that 41 years of history meant to the city of Seattle and would not sell to an owner with the intention of relocating (this was despite the arena situation). Bennett put up a front pretending to want to keep the team in Seattle and we eventually figured what his real intentions were (thanks Aubrey for that).
The relocation of the Sonics to OKC was covered in lies and deceit and that's why there was (and still is) so much bitterness. Chris Hansen doesn't need to lie to anyone. Everyone knows what his intentions are.