After being called out by former general manager Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has apologized for his comments to USA Today's Sam Amick. Ranadive reached out to the Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin on Friday to try to correct the record:
"I wanted to sincerely apologize to Geoff Petrie and his team," the owner began, speaking softly. "I meant no disrespect. I have the utmost respect for what they have done for the franchise and what they have accomplished. I fully understand that it's a huge privilege to own a basketball team, and as chairman of the ownership, the buck stops with me. I accept responsibility for everything. All the mistakes are my mistakes."
If you missed this whole brouhaha, here's the gist: When speaking to USA Today, Ranadive distanced himself from the Kings' problems over the past three years and said that, when he arrived in Sacramento, the building was falling apart and none of the staff wanted to be there. Petrie did, however, want to be there, and in an interview with Deadspin's Kevin Draper, he called Ranadive's story "a rambling attempt at revisionist history." Petrie pointed out that he and his front office kept working even though they knew they wouldn't be retained new ownership, trying to help the franchise with the transition.
Ranadive's apology isn't perfect because it isn't specific -- he didn't directly explain how he misrepresented Petrie and his front office. It's notable, though, that he is finally taking responsibility for mistakes that the Kings have made. That certainly was not the theme of his USA Today interview.