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Chris Hansen still in good standing with NBA

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Chris Hansen still in good standing with NBA

(New York, NY) — Retiring NBA commissioner David Stern and his successor both say Chris Hansen’s attempt at landing an NBA franchise for Seattle hasn’t been hurt by his secret financial contribution to a group opposing a new arena in Sacramento. Incoming commissioner Adam Silver says he believes Hansen “got caught up in the moment” when he made the contribution. The Seattle Times reports that a Los Angeles law firm Hansen hired to conduct background research on the viability of a new arena in Sacramento gave 80-thousand dollars to a consulting firm that was trying to force a vote on the city’s planned subsidy for the venue. Hansen has been fined for failing to disclose the donation and has apologized.