Obviously, the debate over Chris Hansen's actions will rage on for some time. Was he doing the honorable thing, "playing to win" and "pulling out all the stops" while desperately trying to get his chosen city an NBA franchise? Or was he a completely dishonorable, low-down, lying douchebag who would be an embarrassment to the NBA?
If you answered "the latter", you are correct!
I realize that I'm preaching to the choir here, but here is a timeline of Hansen's statements and actions. You decide it this is just good, clean, ruthless business or the actions of a hedge fund guy who would steal your Grandma's social security funds if he could get his grubby mitts on it:
"There's a reason why we have elected officials. It's so they make decisions on ordinances that are brought before them...and every single piece of city and county business, if it was put to a public vote it would paralyze the political process"
- Chris Hansen, 6/20/12
So Chris Hansen believes that city coucilpeople should decide on these types of issues. Until he doesn't.
"We’re not going to go around saying, ‘Please sell us your team,’ "he said. "We’re not going to pry a team away."
- Chris Hansen – 10/16/12
Well, we all know how he kept that promise. Was he already in negotiations with the Maloofs?
"It kind of made me sick to my stomach (trying to take the Kings)"
"I’m not going to wrestle (another) team away . . . be a predator"
- Chris Hansen, 5/28/13
Shortly after the NBA tells him that the Kings are staying in Sacramento, Hansen "comes to Jesus". That's great news! Until...
"Hansen contributed $100,000 to the petition drive on June 21"
- Sacramento Bee, 8/19/13
So, not even a month after he expresses his regrets over how things went down in trying to purchase the Kings, he donates 100k to an anti-arena group to try to derail the hard work of the NBA and one of it's newest, shining star owners.
To conclude, let's have a poll!