Kings Apologize For Detroit-Bashing Pictures

AP, Nov. 10

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—The Sacramento Kings bought full-page ads in two newspapers to apologize for showing derogatory images of Detroit on video screens prior to their home opener against the Pistons.

When the Pistons were introduced Tuesday night, the Arco Arena scoreboard flashed pictures of abandoned buildings, burned-out cars, piles of rubble and other negative images of Detroit. The Pistons won the game 102-88.

The Kings apologized that night and owners Joe and Gavin Maloof bought a full-page ad that ran in Thursday editions of The Detroit News, expressing “great respect for Detroit’s long and rich tradition as a landmark American city and the incredibly positive impact the Motor City has made over the course of our country’s history.”

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