Sonics minority owner Aubrey McClendon confirms what we all suspected from the start. In an interview with the Oklahoma City Journal Record, he says:
We didn’t buy the team to keep it in Seattle; we hoped to come here.McClendon, who previously got bad publicity in Seattle for being anti gay rights, lauds Clay Bennett for "artfully and skillfully" (translation: underhandedly) getting the team. Here's the full quote:
We started to look around, and at that time the Sonics were going through some ownership challenges in Seattle. So Clay, very artfully and skillfully, put himself in the middle of those discussions and to the great amazement and surprise to everyone in Seattle, some rednecks from Oklahoma, which we’ve been called, made off with the team.As I've been saying from the start, these guys never had any intention of keeping the Sonics in Seattle.
I saw this at SonicsCentral first, and they aren't happy. But they also have strong words for Howard Schultz: "It’s time to start casting stones at the people in our own community that have allowed this."
Maybe "casting stones" is a little strong--I assume they mean metaphorically. But if there are some busted out Starbucks windows this morning...