The Golden State Warriors loss Sunday night in Oakland to the lowly Phoenix Suns caused continued consternation among fans. But after Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson suggested supporters at Oracle Arena were not giving the team a home-court advantage, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan came to fans’ side.
Kaplan tweeted Monday morning that Warriors ownership, which is moving to the team next season to a lavish new arena in San Francisco, has abandoned its loyal fan base in the East Bay, not the other way around.
There has been a layer of antipathy toward Warriors owner Joe Lacob among Oakland and Alameda County officials for a few years. Kaplan, though, has been more willing to publicly stated it.
Just last year, during a dispute between the Warriors and Coliseum Joint Powers Authority over the team’s decision not to repay roughly $40 million in remaining bond payments for reconstruction of Oracle Arena, Kaplan used similar language.
“As you are working to build your new venue in San Francisco, I request that you search your heart and act in a respectful manner towards the public who has been with you for so long,” Kaplan wrote in a letter to the team’s ownership.
In an online petition posted by Kaplan around the same time, she bluntly told Warriors ownership, “Don’t steal $40 million from local tax-payers!”
An arbitration, though, ruled last October for the Warriors to repay the bond debt.