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Sonics fans kicked out of Howard Schultz book signing

Apr 8, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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Howard Schultz still doesn’t get it. Not even close.

We need some background here, just to get everyone up to speed. Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, so I’m already ticked at him about the whole Peet’s thing. But that’s my issue, he has bigger sins. Like buying the Sonics then in 2006 — with Oklahoma City begging for an NBA team after the Hornets short stay — selling the Sonics to Oklahoma City based Clay Bennett and friends.

Who as quick as they could moved the team to Oklahoma City. Everyone saw that coming, except Schultz who said he was surprised. It was pretty much Captain Renault in Casablanca: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Sonics fans have no love for Shultz. Go watch the brilliant Sonicsgate. It explains it all.

Now Shultz has a new book out — Onward — talking about his leadership and how he turned Starbucks around. You can see where Sonics fans have some issues: Where was this vaunted leadership when the Sonics needed you?

At a Costco Friday, Schultz had a book signing. A poorly attended book signing, by all accounts.

The a heckler — Scott Pattison — got his turn at the front of the line and told Schultz he betrayed the city of Seattle. Security quickly escorted him out of the building.

They then threw out anyone wearing Sonics gear. Including Adam Brown, the director of Sonicsgate.

So the whole thing looks bad for Schultz, a PR mess and a pretty poor example of leadership. Schultz had to know some protests were coming, right? He would if he’s not he’s living in a coffee-colored bubble where everybody loves him unconditionally. It was a poor over-reaction by the Costco staff and hired off-duty police, and just another sad chapter in what is too long a book.

  1. seattlerogueburner - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    I’m surprised that is all that showed up. If I knew about it, I’d be right down there with my vintage Detlef Schremph jersey on.

    This man betrayed a city of more then just fans. Seattle is a city loyal to their teams, regardless of the state the team is in. The Mariners have been doing horrible the past few years, but Seattle loves their M’s. Seahawks are the laughing stock in the NFL, yet we are the loudest fans in the league. We Seattle-ites take pride in the teams that represent us. So yes, this man betrayed a city who loved their Sonics.

    …augh. The only team we had that won a national championship. Except our women’s basketball team. Atta girls! Go Storm!

  2. rickmirer - Apr 9, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    Great read. I miss the Sonics terribly. Seattle’s lone championship team is gone and it sucks. I’m glad the Oklahoma Chunder didn’t get to take our history, a small consolation but we’ll take what we can get. It’s horrible to think Gary Payton won’t get his jersey retired at Key Arena.

  3. oumoonunit - Apr 9, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    Don’t hate the Thunder for taking your team; hate Seattle for abandoning them. If you could have filled a stadium, they would have still been playing there.

  4. metfan88 - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Hey Kurt,
    Give me a heads up when you win a National Leadership Award for donating money and time to educating about HIV and AIDS. Watch the 60 minutes on this guy before fully judging him as a person:

  5. SmackSaw - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    If Seattle has Ok city’s modern arena, the Sonics would still be there

  6. philtration - Apr 9, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Seattle got screwed.
    A greedy owner wanted a new stadium paid for by the tax payers when an update of a perfectly good one was all that was needed.
    The Sonics belong in Seattle.

  7. oumoonunit - Apr 10, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    The tax payers do not deserve what they will not support. Stadiums need to be renovated or replaced, and a team does not belong to the city. Seattle got what they deserved. I do hope that they can support a team again in the city, but it will take the tax payers paying up.

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