It seems the Sacramento Kings are walking back their allegations of "excessive standing." The Kings released an alleged joint statement clarifying E 40 was NOT excessively standing and a "miscommunication" between both parties lead up to his ejection. The full statement reads:
After a series of thoughtful and transparent conversations, both parties agree that there was a miscommunication regarding the circumstances that occurred during the Kings vs. Warriors game on Saturday night.
Contrary to speculation, Mr. Earl "E-40" Stevens did not stand excessively from his ticketed courtside seat; the outcome resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding between both parties.
The Kings will continue to equitably enforce the NBA Fan Code of Conduct to ensure guests can comfortably enjoy games free of disrespectful heckling and other disruptive conduct. The organization has been a longtime leader in promoting social justice and racial equality with a track record of measurable results and community impacts.
Mr. Stevens has previously attended games at Golden 1 Center without incident, and the Kings look forward to welcoming him back to our arena in the future.
Not quite an apology, and E-40 has yet to post or address this statement. Hopefully, we will see 40 sitting courtside in San Francisco for game 3. Let us know what you think about the joint statement via Talk Back & leave a message!
Fans reacted to the statement calling out the Kings for not addressing the hostile fan.