Mr. Ranadive — I will pay you the sum of $1,000 if you’re willing to share fundamental human rights information with fellow Sacramento Kings fans. This information relates to cyber-security and directly impacts public safety in the confines of Sacramento’s Golden1 Center.
It’s an easy one. Just tell the fans that… official arena evacuation orders would NEVER be delivered via their personal cell phones.
The average attendance for a Kings game is 17,553. But last night’s game was less than 2,000. So why the drastic drop off?
Well, protests engulfed the city over the shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black resident of Sacramento. He was shot 20 times and pronounced dead at the scene. Allegedly, police thought he was holding a gun. But it turned out that the “gun” was actually a cell phone. Of course we all know that a cell phone isn’t a weapon. Unless of course, you’re a subscriber to the free AGSAF website.
Protestors managed to shut down the freeway and city streets. But it didn’t stop there. They also formed a human chain link around the arena entrances. Venue incident command made the decision to lock the doors and turn away over 15,000 fans. They also delayed the game about 20 minutes and omitted the national anthem. The event proceeded without any major issues.
After the game concluded, Vivek Ranadive, the owner of the Sacramento Kings made a bold decision to address the crowd from center court. Just for the record, professional sports owners rarely engage in this type of activity.
Two excerpts from his inclusive remarks:
We here at the Kings recognize that we have a big platform. It’s a privilege but it’s also a responsibility. It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously.
We recognize that it’s not just business as usual and we are going to work really hard to bring everybody together to make the world a better place starting with our own community and we’re going to work really hard to prevent this kind of a tragedy from happening again.
I applaud his proactive courage in addressing the crisis as opposed to hiding in a luxurious owners box. Ranadive is a native of India. With a net worth of 700 million, he’s also the founder of Teknekron Software Systems. Engineer, speaker, philanthropist, and most important, he’s a fellow writer. I don’t know the man personally, but he seems like a progressive, forward-thinking individual. Someone who thinks with a long-term event horizon. Someone who truly wishes to make a difference. Hence, a strong candidate for divulging generic public safety information deemed “undiscussable” by the United States government and private industry.
Now considering Ranadive’s net worth is approaching a billion, I doubt my minuscule offer of a thousand dollars is much of an incentive to spill the beans. But he does strike me as someone who would understand the critical nature of my concerns and come to the realization that this ain’t about money. It’s about fundamental human rights and the collective destiny of mankind. The “artificially generated stampede” is a moral issue.
I’ll gladly make the same offer to any professional sports owner (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS). Although I won’t be holding my breath. Hell, I’ll extend the offer even further… to any sitting member of Congress (in the form of a campaign contribution). Or any cabinet member of the Trump administration. Or Donald himself. Believe it or not, considering Trump’s penchant for erratic behavior, loose lips, indiscriminate grandstanding and reckless conduct, he’d actually be a decent candidate. It does not matter exactly how this information finds its way into the public domain. Just that it does. Preferably, before it’s too late.