Are Clay Bennett and David Stern Secret Lovers? July 9, 2008Posted by Administrator in Idiots, Law, Soviet of Seattle, Sports.
. . .or does Bennett have some incredible blackmail information on the NBA Commissioner?
Bennett began his “good faith” effort at keeping the Sonics in Seattle by demanding that government/taxpayers pony up $500 million to build a new palace in suburban Seattle. That would be the richest of its kind in the nation.
Stern claimed that this had to happen for basketball to stay in Seattle, as KeyArena -despite having been remodeled to the specifications of the Sonics -is supposedly so inimicable to NBA owners basketball. Stern claimed there was no other option, not even remodeling Key would do.
Then, as Seattle Gasbag Mayor Nickels looked for some way out of a lawsuit that most people were sure he would win going in -but in hiring incompetent attorneys screwed himself and the city-, and was agonizing over the fury of outraged hoops fans as the Sonics were hijacked to OKC, Stern then came oiling in and said that a $300 million remodel of Key would do the job. Nickels, desperate for some sop to the voters in an election year, then took the $45 million from the smirking Bennett.
Stern backs Bennett in every instance.
NOW Bennett is facing the ex-owner of the Sonics, Howard Schultz in a tussle over ownership, claiming that Bennett did no exercise good faith in negotiating with the City.
Well, Schultz is probably correct. But as Thomas More reminded us:
The world must construe according to its wits. This court must construe according to the law.”
And in the law, “good faith” is one damned hard term to nail down. We ALL know Bennett didn’t act in good faith. You know it. I know it. Schultz, the trial lawyers, judges, David Stern, hell, even Clay Bennett knows it. But they have a snowball’s chance in hell of proving that according to the law.
But that isn’t enough. Either Bennett and Stern have been getting down in S&M clubs like the recently disgraced chief of F1 racing and they are all agog over one another, or Bennett reminded Stern of those compromising photographs or whatever he is using to leverage Stern and Stern has responded like a good lapdog. The NBA is intervening in the Schultz lawsuit.
The NBA wants to intervene in former SuperSonics owner Howard Schultz’s bid to regain control of the team, claiming it would interfere with the stable operation of the franchise.
Schultz is trying to reverse his 2006 sale of the NBA franchise to Clay Bennett, claiming the Oklahoma City businessman failed to follow through on a promise to negotiate in good faith to keep the team in Seattle.
The league filed a motion Tuesday to intervene in Schultz’s lawsuit in Seattle’s federal court.
That agreement included a clause that the deal would be broken and the team would return to Seattle if Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks Corp., were to prevail in this lawsuit, filed April 22.
The NBA claims in its motion that the transfer of the franchise to a court-appointed receiver and a subsequent transfer back to Schultz would both be prohibited by the league’s constitution. (So the NBA trumps US civil law. Fascinating -ed.)
The motion also claims that if a court-appointed receiver were to be appointed, the NBA’s constitution allows for the league’s owners to put that team “under the management and control” of commissioner David Stern.
“The relief requested by plaintiffs is entirely inconsistent with these reasonable and lawful regulations of the NBA, and the disposition of this action therefore threatens the ability of the League to protect its justifiable interests,” attorney Ralph Palumbo wrote in the motion.
The NBA also claims that Schultz’s ownership group signed a release as part of the league’s approval of the 2006 sale that prevented the former owners from suing Bennett’s Professional Basketball Club ownership group.
Stern left Seattle to twist in the wind, but whenever Clay Bennett needs help, Stern the Lapdog is right there to provide fellatio relief.
What is UP between those two?