How Kevin Johnson Used Public Money To His Own Personal Ends

Kevin Johnson has ambitions of becoming something much more than just mayor of his hometown of Sacramento, Calif. So far, the former NBA star hasn’t found a way to realize them—but his desire to expand and promote his brand has meant that Sacramento city staffers have had lots of extra work to do that hasn’t had… » 6/05/15 10:58am 6/05/15 10:58am

How Kevin Johnson Destroyed A Black Mayors Group To Promote His Brand

The African American Mayors Association, led by Kevin Johnson, opens its annual meeting today in Washington, D.C. The former NBA star and current mayor of Sacramento has been the president of the association since its founding in 2013—when, as president of the Atlanta-based National Conference of Black Mayors, he… » 5/28/15 4:30pm 5/28/15 4:30pm

The Man Who Helped Bring Down Donald Sterling Is An Asshole, Too

If you were watching closely, you might've seen Kevin Johnson, the former NBA guard who's now mayor of Sacramento, sitting courtside at Staples Center during Game 4 of the Clippers-Thunder series. His arm was around his wife, Michelle Rhee, and the two seemed to preside over the action, conspicuous by design—their… » 5/15/14 4:11pm 5/15/14 4:11pm

The Kings Agreed To Opt Out Of Revenue Sharing, Because The NBA Sucks

When the prospective ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive managed to convince the NBA's Relocation and Finance Committee to keep the Kings in Sacramento, we pointed out that the main incentive driving the NBA's decision was most definitely the city of Sacramento's willingness to build a new publicly financed stadium » 5/06/13 2:40pm 5/06/13 2:40pm

Why The Deal To Keep The Kings In Sacramento May Be Collapsing

"Elation now" crowed the Sacramento Bee when the Maloof Brothers, David Stern, and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson emerged from lockdown negotations with a plan to build a new arena and keep the Kings from moving to Anaheim. The plan was a good one, as far as publically funded stadiums go: the team and the arena owner… » 3/29/12 6:45pm 3/29/12 6:45pm

Kings Have At Least One More Year Of Mediocre Basketball Ahead Of Them…

"We're going to stay in Sacramento for another year," Kings co-owner George Maloof said today. "We appreciate [the fans'] loyalty to the franchise, and we're going to give Mayor [Kevin] Johnson another try to hopefully bring his vision to reality with a new arena." The vision had better include money. [SI] » 5/02/11 12:35pm 5/02/11 12:35pm

Revisiting Kevin Johnson's Harold Reynolds Defense


As you may know, former Phoenix Sun point guard is running for mayor of Sacramento. Yesterday, his opponent resorted to dirty politics by digging up a 159-page document from the 1996 sexual misconduct allegation against KJ from a 16-year-old girl. In the report, Johnson said he had a friendship with the girl and also… » 4/18/08 6:40pm 4/18/08 6:40pm