A Message to Clay Bennett: GTFO. Now.

But leave the Sonics here.

As if lying to the public for the past year about the interests of the Sonics’ future wasn’t enough, Bennett came back to the witness stand Tuesday and adamantly denied any accusations of secretly working to move the team to Oklahoma City.

I don’t know what reality Bennett is currently choosing to live in, but it’s not the same one the rest of the world is in. Just a few months ago, the PI and Times were riddled with front-page stories about how a series of incriminating emails were dug up; most of which detailed plans to take the basketball franchise out of Seattle. The entire report is pretty well-complied by ESPN.com here.

More fun and especially damning evidence can be found here in the Seattle Times from an article written in April.

Mr. Bennett, do you expect the public and everyone else with a memory that extends beyond the length of an average Alzheimer’s patient to honestly just forget about the smoking gun? Aubrey McLendon, co-owner of the team, celebrated the “good news” of the possible move to OKC by proudly titling an email with “The Oklahoma Sonic Boom (or SONIC BOOMERS!!!) baby!!!”

Right. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

NBA Commissioner David Stern needs to stop sitting on his hands and forgo his friendship with Bennett, who is nothing more than a lying criminal asshole and has no business owning a professional basketball team. I don’t understand why these emails haven’t been cited more often in these ensuing legal precedings, but then again, I’m not a lawyer.

I am, however, an observer. And what I see is very, very wrong.

5 Comments so far

  1. wesa on June 18th, 2008 @ 11:39 am

    No way, take the Sonics and go! The team’s performance the last two seasons has been deplorable at best, downright embarrassing at worst.

  2. Mike (drgonzo) on June 18th, 2008 @ 11:43 am

    Bennett was instrumental in making sure people formed opinions just like yours – he traded away the team’s top players (Allen, Lewis) for almost nothing in return, thereby making his case for "starting anew" even stronger in his eyes. The season was all but tanked because of Bennett and McLendon’s bullshit business decisions.

  3. wesa on June 18th, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    So is it worth trying to salvage the team?

  4. Mike (drgonzo) on June 18th, 2008 @ 11:48 am

    I think they at least deserve a chance with new ownership, yeah. They’ve been cheated. And I’m not even a fan! :P

  5. andrewgd on June 18th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    Stop public subsidies of sports teams. Either get the teams to pay their own way, or don’t pay players, coaches, etc. ridiculous amounts of money. Thank god Seattle voted out the freeloaders.

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