Quick hypothetical, Sonics fans: The guns loaded, but there's only one round in the chamber...
As if he hadn't inflicted enough psychic damage by making off with an NBA team, franchise-robbing Oklahoman Clay Bennett is now finding a new way to stick it to Seattle. As of midnight on Thursday, Bennett will no longer be responsible for a $30 million payment to the city. That's because the money was contingent on improvements to Key Arena, legislation that went nowhere this year in Olympia.
What's worse: Bennett won the rights to keep his cash basically by wagering that the Legislature wouldn't go out of its way to help its largest constituent. Take it away, Chris Grygiel at the P-I:
Bennett, with his flat top haircut and Okie ways, was often portrayed as a bit of a rube by Seattle's city slickers. But he was smart enough to know that Washington lawmakers would never OK the KeyArena financing. Nickels and the gang, who'd been dealing with Olympia far longer than Bennett, should've known that, too.
By making a deal contingent on future action by state lawmakers they were made to look the fools.
In short, Bennett is like that power company in Pixar's "Monster's, Inc." The louder Seattleites scream, the wealthier he gets.