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August 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Chris Hansen regrets funding anti-Sacramento arena group

After the Sacramento Bee reported Chris Hansen secretly paid $100,000 to finance a petition campaign against the Kings’ attempts to build a new downtown arena, he issued an apology that began: “​I made a mistake I regret.”

Hansen came up short in an attempt to buy the Kings. He still has a five-year agreement with Seattle and King County to build a downtown arena contingent on landing a NBA franchise.

Peter Goldman, a Seattle attorney who represents Seattle Longshore Workers’ Union, which opposes the Sodo location for a new area, said Seattle and King County needs to terminate its relationships with Hansen.

“This shows the true Chris Hansen. He’s attempting to sabotage a publicly funded arena in Sacramento while at the same time asking Seattle and King County to provide $200 million for an arena here,” Goldman told the Seattle Times.

After the Sacramento Bee reported Chris Hansen secretly paid $100,000 to finance a petition campaign against the Kings’ attempts to build a new downtown arena, he issued an apology that began: “​I made a mistake I regret.”

Hansen came up short in an attempt to buy the Kings. He still has a five-year agreement with Seattle and King County to build a downtown arena contingent on landing a NBA franchise.

Hansen donated the money to the anti-arena Sacramento group on June 21.

Peter Goldman, a Seattle attorney who represents Seattle Longshore Workers’ Union, which opposes the Sodo location for a new area, said Seattle and King County needs to terminate its relationships with Hansen.

“This shows the true Chris Hansen. He’s attempting to sabotage a publicly funded arena in Sacramento while at the same time asking Seattle and King County to provide $200 million for an arena here,” Goldman told the Seattle Times.

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