Sure, would-be Seattle basketball savior Chris Hansen has issued a formal apology for attempting to secretly throw $100,000 at a signature-gathering campaign to derail Sacramento’s arena deal. But a pro-arena group from Sacramento wants more than that.
This morning in a letter to Hansen distributed to Seattle-area media outlets, Joshua Wood and Mike Tavares of DowntownArena.Org - the organization that filed the complaint that led to the discovery of Hansen’s contribution - urge the hedge fund manager to prevent the signatures his money helped collect from being submitted. Using classic pickup basketball lingo, in the letter Wood and Tavares write, “It’s not too late to alleviate your mistake. If action is taken swiftly, we can consider this situation no harm, no foul.”
More from the letter:
“... while we appreciate your apology, it would mean nothing if you allowed the signatures obtained utilizing the funds you provided to be submitted by those seeking to STOP our downtown arena from being built. So, we are formally asking you as the true owner of the anti-arena petition signatures to not allow these petitions to be given to STOP as an in-kind contribution to their campaign. We know you have the ability to meet this request.”
It will be interesting to see how - or if - Hansen responds.