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Don't worry, Brad: Darth Vader has trouble smiling too.
In this week's film section, I take issue with Sonicsgate director Jason Reid's refusal to land

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Brad Keller Not Only Gassed Up the Sonics' Moving Van, He's a Thunder Fan to Boot

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Don't worry, Brad: Darth Vader has trouble smiling too.
In this week's film section, I take issue with Sonicsgate director Jason Reid's refusal to land a few punches to the gut of reviled former Sonic player and exec Wally Walker. I could have said the same of his failure to grill Brad Keller, the Seattle attorney who took Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett's money and paved the way for the Supes to leave town in court.

So I decided to rectify the situation and call Keller up myself. Following is the transcript of our discussion:

SW: Have you seen Sonicsgate? If so, what did you think of it?

Keller: Yes I have. The movie did a nice job of telling the story from the perspective of fans, but like most things in life, there are two sides to the story.

Do you follow the Thunder?

At least once a week, I check to see what the standings are, and I am looking forward to attending one of their games to see the renovations that have been done at Ford Arena.

Do you have complimentary season tickets?

I do not have season tickets, complimentary or otherwise.

Did you ever consider not taking on Clay Bennett as a client?

I accepted the engagement when it was offered without reservation, because from a professional standpoint, it looked like a challenging and interesting assignment.

Do you feel any guilt over the result?

I have absolutely no hesitation about having undertaken the engagement, nor do I have any sense of hesitation about the outcome. There were many forces that converged that resulted in this outcome.

Do you think it would be fitting punishment for you to be locked in an empty KeyArena alone for 41 days per year, to remind you of the heartbreak that thousands of Seattleites experienced as a result of the Sonics leaving town?

There is nothing that would be fitting, because there is nothing that would warrant anything of that nature.

Well, you helped the team leave town.

I represented a client that had a dispute with the city. We had a showdown in the courtroom, and the result of that was, by agreement, the team was permitted to relocate.

Do you consider yourself to be the ultimate villain in the Sonics' defection to Oklahoma City?

I consider myself to have been a lawyer that represented a client.

Who is the biggest villain, then?

I'm not here to point fingers at anyone. There were many people who played many different roles in what ultimately ended up being a consensual departure of the team.

You were a Sonic season ticket holder and are a basketball fan. How do you scratch your roundball itch these days?

When I want to watch basketball, I turn on the TV and watch whoever is playing. I have much more interest in college basketball than I used to.

Do you miss the Sonics?

There were some very exciting and fun years, but there were also some years that tested both the fans' and the city's commitment to the team.

Isn't that any sports franchise, though?

It is, but some fans and some cities stand by their teams and provide facilities for them in good and bad times.

 
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