Friday , Apr , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Clay Bennett Strikes Back

After a week of bad publicity, Sonics owner Clay Bennett is striking back — accusing Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels in court documents of a "Machiavellian plan" to force Bennett and his fellow Oklahoma City-based owners to sell the team back to Seattle investors.

In a federal court filing, Bennett’s lawyers also say Nickels’ office concealed evidence that a proposed $300 million KeyArena expansion floated by the mayor would have cost more than that.

The latest legal argument, filed Wednesday in Seattle, says documents obtained by the Sonics’ lawyers show the city’s lawsuit "has nothing to do with the last two years of the [Sonics’ KeyArena] lease." [Seattle Times]