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Is Clay Bennett Operating in Good Faith?

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Here is a timeline of communications between Clay Bennett and the rest of the Sonics ownership group compliments of the Seattle Times.

July 2006 – Aubrey McClendon sends e-mail to Clay Bennett and Tom Ward with the subject line “the OKLAHOMA CITY SONIC BOOM (or maybe SONIC BOOMERS!) baby!!!!!!!”

April 17, 2007 – This e-mail exchange took place between Ward and Bennett

“Is there any way to move here [Oklahoma City] for next season or are we doomed to have another lame duck season in Seattle?” Ward wrote.

Bennett replied: “I am a man possessed! Will do everything we can. Thanks for hanging with me boys, the game is getting started!”

Ward: “That’s the spirit!! I am willing to help any way I can to watch ball here [in Oklahoma City] next year.”

McClendon: “Me too, thanks Clay!”

August 2007 – McClendon made this statement to the Journal Record.

“we didn’t buy the team to keep it in Seattle; we hoped to come here.”

August 2007 – In response to David Stern threatening a huge fine, Bennett wrote him this e-mail.

“I would never breach your trust. As absolutely remarkable as it may seem, Aubrey and I have NEVER discussed moving the Sonics to Oklahoma City, nor have I discussed it with ANY other member of our ownership group.”

Dear Mr. Bennett – You just got caught in a huge lie and I’m wondering how you’re going to weasel out of this one.

UPDATE: ESPN posted a PDF of the emails.