Don’t cross the Maloofs with your cross words

Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are super-classy guys who inherited a lot of money and promptly spent it all on a basketball team and casinos, because those are sensible things to purchase. They're also trying to move their basketball team to another city to make more money in the new city, in spite of staunch local opposition from the team's current city. They also don't like it when you're mean to them.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was a big jerk to the Maloofs last week, absolutely destroying them with this fireball of a quote when asked about Major League Baseball's takeover of the Los Angeles Dodgers:

"Oh, man. I think it's the same thing with the Maloofs in Sacramento, a similar situation there. I can see where the league had to step in and monitor that. It's unfortunate for our fans here. Hopefully, the Dodgers will recover."

Holy lord, Maloofs! I'd want to hide in my room for a month following a burn like that.

But credit the Maloofs for not cowering under their afghans. They did the big boy, grown-up thing, and sent an attorney to Orange County Register reporter Janis Carr's house to seize the tape Carr made of Jackson spewing those hateful, distressing comments.

I'll let Carr take it from here, assuming she's recovered from being in Jackson's presence as he unleashed his fury:

The owners of the Sacramento Kings sent a representative to Brea Friday morning in an attempt to gather proof of what they perceived to be negative comments by Lakers coach Phil Jackson about their proposed move to Anaheim.

Jessica Mackaness, an attorney representing Joe and Gavin Maloof, showed up at my house to try to persuade me to give her a tape of Jackson making a comment about the Kings' efforts to relocate.

Mackaness said the Kings' owners planned to turn over the tape to the NBA and Lakers in an effort to stop Jackson from making further comments.

However, the Register declined to turn over the tape. As a matter of policy, the Register does not release unpublished material gathered in the reporting of stories.

I just think Carr felt for both the attorney and the Maloofs and decided that no one else should have to hear such nastiness ever again, and she burned the tape. No word on whether or not the fire, uncomfortable with the contents it was charged with destroying, spat the tape back out.

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