Friday, April 11, 2008
Gov. Gregoire says Sonics owners lied about plans to move
SEATTLE - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says she's shocked by newly disclosed e-mails from the owners of the Seattle SuperSonics and says she and the people were lied to.
The e-mails indicate the owners planned to move the team to Oklahoma City at the same time majority owner Clay Bennett was saying they were trying to keep the team in Seattle.
The e-mails were obtained as part of Seattle's lawsuit trying to force the Sonics to play out the two years remaining on the Key Arena lease.
Trial is scheduled for June.
The NBA Board of Governors meets next week to vote on the Sonics' relocation request. Gregoire says she plans to ask the board to give the state a chance to keep the team.
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