Not much has been in the national news since it was decided the Sacramento Kings would stay where they’re at after being sold and a new arena was in the works. A protest group based in the city, called “STOP,” has been trying to keep it from being built, and received a mysterious $100,000 donation back in June.
It was revealed today that the mystery man was Chris Hansen, the Seattle investor that was pushing for the franchise to move to the city.
Amid a lawsuit and a state investigation, Hansen and an Orange County political action committee filed documents revealing Hansen contributed $100,000 to the petition drive on June 21 – a month after the NBA board of governors vetoed his plan to buy the Kings and move them to Seattle.
Hansen apologized for the donation on Friday and said he wouldn’t give the anti-arena effort any more money.
“STOP” is an acronym for “Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork.” The group received the donation illegally because it came a few weeks late according to California law.
The report gives out the progress for “STOP,” which has collected approximately 1,600 signatures, which is over 20,000 short for a vote to be made on the stadium next June. The deadline for signatures is in December.
This latest incident between Hansen and the anti-arena group likely ends any potential that the Kings could move to a different city.