Is Clay Bennett Operating in Good Faith?
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 â€œthe OKLAHOMA CITY SONIC BOOM (or maybe SONIC BOOMERS!) baby!!!!!!!â€
April 17, 2007 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.