Sacramento Kings: Chris Hansen Played Dirty Politics With The Wrong City

By Karim Akbar
Ed Szczepanski – USA TODAY Sports

Chris Hansen’s bid to bring the NBA back to Seattle effectively fell flat back in May when NBA owners sided with the city of Sacramento ruling it should keep its team. Chris Hansen should have walked away with his tail tucked between his legs. Instead he decided to throw salt in the wounds.

A recent report obtained by columnist Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee shows records that out the billionaire Hansen as the secret donor to a opposition group that looked to kill any new arena deal in Sacramento. Records show Hansen donated at least $100,000 to fund the effort. It’s a lowball move from a jilted CEO who didn’t get his way.

Chris Hansen showed his true colors this week, and  it’s a turn from his comments before the donor scandal that he would not try again to pry the Kings away from the city of Sacramento.  His shady dealings not only insult the city but are so haphazard in their execution that  it borders on complete desperation. This is Sacramento; this is the home and capital of state politics. Sacramento has seen every trick in the political book. Constant bickering and biting between the two major parties in California keeps most reforms and measures in a constant logjam. But a new arena is something everyone agrees on.  “It’s kind of tricky, but we’re really proud of it,” said City Treasurer Russ Fehr. “All the profit comes back to the city instead of investors. It has a lot of features to mitigate risk.” Fehr told the Sacramento Bee.

What Chris Hansen learned was that when the city was behind its team and they meant it. There was no back and forth bickering as a bipartisan group of Sacramentans fought and kept its team. Meanwhile, Hansen’s support of this donor deal has become a sad farce. In contrast, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has displayed the same poise and determination that defined his NBA career. KJ loves to win, and he loves this city.

Chris Hansen and the city of  Seattle, I wish you well on trying to bring the NBA back. You deserve to have a team there. But it’s probably time to move on to a more jaded fan base, because this team isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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