Gregoire Says she was Lied to about the Sonics, Now What?
Redmond, WA â€“ After news reports that Sonics owner Clay Bennett was planning all along to move to the team to Oklahoma City, Gov. Christine Gregoire said that she and everyone else in the state had been lied to. The fact still remains that Gregoire knew about Bennettâ€™s plans to move the team, and about a private ownership groupâ€™s offer to help finance a Key Arena upgrade and buy the Sonics, since well before this yearâ€™s legislative session ended and still refused to act. The private groupâ€™s offer expired yesterday.
â€œChristine Gregoire had the chance to act during the legislative session to help save the Sonics and all she did was wave the white flag of defeat,â€ said Dino Rossi. â€œRegardless of whether or not Gregoire was lied to by Clay Bennett, she still refused to act on the plan from Ballmerâ€™s group. She now talks about the need to save the Sonics. But we donâ€™t need talk, we need action. The NBA Board of Governors is meeting next week and time is running out. If Gregoire is serious about wanting to save the Sonics, she will make a bold move now to prove to the NBA that we want our team to stay in Seattle.â€