Chris Hansen, the billionaire investor whose attempt to bring the Sacremento Kings to Seattle was rejected last year by the NBA, tells the Seattle Times:
““Does anybody really think that Seattle is not going to have an NBA team at some point in the future?” Hansen said. “I think everybody can get really impatient when things don’t happen on their own agenda.
"It’s inevitable Seattle will have a basketball team. It’s just a question of when. Our job is to get the arena through the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process and done and evaluate opportunities as they come up. The next time an opportunity comes our way, we’re going to be in a lot better position.”
Hansen expects the EIS, which is considered the last major hurdle for the $490 million proposed arena, will be completed this summer.
And! In other Seattle sportsball news, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is still calling out bullshit wherever he sees it like a badass, questioning in Sports Illustrated why a black player who grew up in the same area of Los Angeles that he did was
expelled released from his contract with an NFL team for alleged gang ties—while a white player caught on video making explicit racist threats wasn't even suspended:
I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.
Sherman is a huge credit to the Seahawks, the NFL, and human beings.