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
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
The ad will also run in Friday editions of the Detroit Free
"We all feel terrible that we made just a big mistake, and we want to communicate that," Kings spokeswoman Sonja Brown told the
Pistons coach Flip Saunders said he and his assistants were
initially angered by the display, but settled down after hearing
from the Kings.
"Their organization has always been very first-class. Opening night, sometimes they get really excited," Saunders told the Free
Press. "Some of their people, they just really weren't quite
thinking all the way."
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league is reviewing the
NBA policy prohibits "ridiculing of opponents or game officials
... via PA announcements, video, or matrix displays, music or