Sonics Co-Owner Hit With A Big Fine

The NBA has fined SuperSonics co-owner Aubrey McClendon $250,000.

League spokesman Mark Broussard confirms the penalty but says he
doesn't know why it was imposed.

The fine comes two weeks after the Oklahoma City energy tycoon said his group didn't buy the team to keep it in Seattle. That comment is at odds with commissioner David Stern's stated hope of keeping the Sonics in the city they've called home for all 40 years of their existence.

McClendon is one of four original partners in an Oklahoma group that purchased the Sonics and WNBA's Storm for 350 million dollars in July of 2006. Earlier this month, McClendon told an Oklahoma City newspaper that the group has always hoped to move the NBA
franchise to Oklahoma, but acknowledged the team could make more
money in the Pacific Northwest.


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