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Chris Hansen Apologizes for Funding Sacramento Arena Vote: 'I Made a Mistake'


In this June 14, 2012, file photo, investor Chris Hansen smiles as he speaks to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Chris Hansen really backed himself into a corner. The man who nearly purchased and relocated the Sacramento Kings to Seattle earlier this year was revealed to be an anonymous donor who contributed $100,000 towards a campaign to force a vote for the Kings new arena.

On Friday evening, Hansen released a statement to the Sacramento Bee, apologizing for the decision.

“I made a mistake I regret,” he begins. He then talks about how he was approached by STOP, the arena opposition group, and agreed to give a donation.

“While I’m sure everyone can appreciate how easy it is to get caught up the heat of battle, with the benefit of hindsight, this is clearly a decision I regret,” he continued in the statement to the Bee. “I wish the city of Sacramento and Kings fans the best in their efforts and they have my commitment not to have any involvement in their arena efforts in the future.”

After his actions now, however, it’s going to be hard for Kings fans and the city of Sacramento to ever forgive him.

“This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through,” Hansen wrote on his website after the NBA rejected his proposal to move the Kings to Sacramento.

He also told the media that trying to steal the Kings away from Sacramento made him “sick to my stomach.”

Yeah, so why go out and help an organization trying to stop the Kings from building a new arena?

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