I'm a life-long fan. I've been with them through the ups and downs. I considered naming my first-born Xavier. Every day I wake up hoping there will be something positive to write about the team and the new owners. Instead, I have to read this:
Two members of the new Sonics ownership group are heavyweight financiers of a national political group dedicated to banning gay marriage.Yes, we wouldn't want to "cheapen" an institution that has a 50% rate of failure!
Together, co-owners Tom Ward and Aubrey McClendon donated more than $1.1 million to Americans United to Preserve Marriage, a conservative Christian group that opposes gay marriage.
The group is led by Gary Bauer, an outspoken leader of conservative groups including the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.
According to the group, gay couples "flout marriage by using it for their own political agenda (and) cheapen the institution."
Read the rest in today's Seattle P.I.
(originally reported in The Stranger)
As much as I hate bigoted right-wingers like McClendon and Co., the one we should be aiming our pitchforks at is former owner Howard Shultz. He pissed and moaned about how much money he was losing on the team (while living it up on millions of dollars of shareholder-funded perks), then knowingly sold the team to a group he knew had no chance (and probably no desire) to keep the team in town. Why? Because the city dared say no to his demand to build more luxury boxes for his rich friends.
The new owners, of course, claim they have every desire to "make things work" in Seattle, but if they can't win over a basketball slut like me, what hope do they have?
In other crappy news, Rashard has turned down a contract extension. At least the Sonics beat Portland last night--take that Nate!