Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 20, 2008 10:20 AM
Posted by Jim Brunner
Sonics attorney Paul Taylor has been trying to expose former team President Wally Walker's role in a "Machiavellian plan" -- in which he says the city participated -- to force Clay Bennett to sell the team to local owners led by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Taylor revealed an until-now secret document called "The Sonics Challenge: Why a Poisoned Well Affords a Unique Opportunity." The document was used at an October 2007 meeting that included Walker, Ballmer, former Safeco CEO Mike McGavick, and former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton. (This document had been sealed up until now.)
"For the best likely outcome, two things have to happen next: Oklahomans have to be willing to sell and the public folks have to do the right thing," the plan said.
It continued: "...the critical path is to separate the NBA from the Oklahomans while increasing the exposure for each."
And it added: "So it's a pincer movement, increasing the Oklahomans' cost in an unpleasant environment while increasing the league's belief that an alternative solution gains it a good new owner and keeps it in a desirable location."
Seattle's lead attorney Paul Lawrence objected to the admission of this document and related ones, arguing there was no proof that Walker was working for the city.
But Judge Pechman Marsha rejected that, pointing to another memo, which Walker signed, that said he began working as a consultant for the city on saving the Sonics as of September 2007.
Lawrence asked, "Can I respond, your honor?"
"No, you've made your argument," Pechman said.
Jul 2, 08 - 02:01 PM
Godden: Looks like a settlement for Sonics and city
Jul 2, 08 - 11:49 AM
City and the Sonics discussing settlement?
Jul 2, 08 - 06:00 AM
Judge to rule today in Sonics case
Jun 26, 08 - 07:44 PM
Confidential? Let's talk about it: Slade Gorton's NBA meeting
Jun 26, 08 - 07:22 PM
Press conference audio
Furniture & home furnishings
Adorable Shih Poo Puppies
Adorable Shih Tzu AKC registered puppies
AKC Blocky Black Labrador Retriever Pointin...
POST A FREE LISTING
Sonics attorneys focus on city's "poisoned well" plan
Bennett says Sonics could lose $60 million if forced to stay in Seattle 2 more years
Sonics CEO: Fans are apathetic
Clay's excuses sound as contrived as his arena plan
On the hot seat: Sonics' attorney trips up Nickels
Attorneys in Sonics case described as tenacious, polite
This judge will decide the fate of the Sonics
Seattle vs. Sonics: Trial starts next week, if there's no settlement
Take a closer look at the Sonics case
More revealing Sonics e-mails emerge
OKC officials inform Schultz they expect Sonics to relocate, no matter who owns team
Sonics e-mail hints at NBA's concern over breach of promise
Howard Schultz suit adds fuel to e-mail fire
NBA owners approve Sonics' move, but legal fight continues in Seattle
E-mails reveal Sonics owners intended to bolt from Seattle
Oklahoma House passes tax package designed to help lure Sonics
2007 "Poisoned Well" document (PDF)
Ward: "Are we doomed to have another lameduck season in Seattle?" (PDF)
Bennett's e-mail to Stern: "You are just one of my favorite people on earth" (PDF)
Clay Bennett and Sonics' court filing (PDF)
Gallery | Seattle SuperSonics: Lasting memories
Gallery | Bittersweet night for Sonics fans
Gallery | Sonics through the years
Gallery | 25th anniversary of Sonics world championship
Gallery | End of a Season, End of a Franchise?
Sports fan "Big Lo" seeks answers from Howard Schultz