Investor Chris Hansen, who tried to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle earlier this year, was revealed to have funded engaged in an unethical attempt to keep the Kings from staying in northern California, according to a Sacramento Bee report.
About a month after Hansen's bid to move the Kings to Seattle was turned down, he provided an anonymous $80,000 donation to Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP), a volunteer group that has been attempting to petition for a public referendum on the construction of a new Sacramento arena.
The Bee indicates STOP has been circulating petitions all spring, aimed at bringing the proposed $258 million arena subsidy before a public vote. The Kings won't likely be able to remain in Sacramento if they are unable to fund a new stadium.
Hanson reportedly said on the radio that he felt bad about trying to wrest the Kings away from their California fans.
"It kind of made me sick to my stomach," Hansen was quoted.
Hansen apparently still wants to bring an NBA team back to Seattle, and David Stern has indicated that expansion is a possibility, but the billionaire's integrity took a hit when his latest stunt was exposed.