October 20th was to be a special day for Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson. A day so special his office requested the council meeting be moved to accommodate ESPN’s premiere of the documentary “Down in the Family” A film about Sacramento fight against Seattle to retain the Sacramento Kings Franchise.
ESPN reportedly pulled the documentary after a 20 years old video surfaced of Mandi Kobo who was 16 when she accused the then 29 year old Point Guard of the Phoenix Suns of molesting her.
Mandi Kobo, now 36 has told her story to the sports website Deadspin.
Earlier this year a city employee accused Johnson of sexual harassment and sought $200,000 in damages. Her attorney did not say if Johnson or the city compensated his client. However he did say his client was satisfied with the conclusion of the matter.
In light of the Cosby scandal and the relationships professional sport has with woman, ESPN had to separate itself with Johnson. His misdeeds with women isn’t a secret. From Phoenix to Sacramento he has been accused of being hands on with women and while he has never been to jail or convicted of a sexual offence, like Cosby these women could resurface.
Who is After Kevin Johnson?
I was in Kansas City when this story broke, meeting with other bloggers. Seven info addicted people spent a couple of hours in a hotel looking into a timeline.
This is what we’ve found.
It appears Mayor Johnson has a good relationship with the Sacramento Bee. While the Bee has criticized the mayor, there sees to be some restraint at level not afforded to former mayor Heather Fargo and council women.
For years, many local bloggers have written about the mayor’s army. Outsiders infiltrating City Hall.
In May, KJ was accused of sexual harassment. The Bee rubber stamped the story. Out of town newspapers and bloggers where more through and offered more details about the story than the local media.
Early this summer the Sacramento News and Review published a story about the mayor with a questionable cartoon on its cover.
Later in the summer the Mayor sued the publication and the City of Sacramento to block the release of emails between his office and lawyers involved with the National Conference of Black Mayors. A story with little mention here, has appeared in over 30 newspapers and blogs.
Suing the News and Review may have been the tipping point. Weeklies, Independents are often viewed as isle of truth often reporting on local event ignored by the larger papers. The lawsuit has brought heat to the story. .
What does Kevin Johnson and Leona Helmsley have in common ?
If there is a vendetta against the mayor, the timing of these events couldn’t be any better. The stories, the release of the Phoenix Police Department video.
In the next few months the Mayor will announce if he is seeking a third term (there are no term limits in Sacramento).
With his well connected pockets outside of the city, the job is his. But if he want to run for another political office, the hurdles are higher this time. Twenty years later, there are some in Phoenix who believe if he were a mere mortal, he would still be serving time. But he was no mere mortal, he was a player in the National Basketball Association.
He has few friends within City Hall, you were part or his circle (army) or outside of it. He is not receiving Christmas Cards from some former councilpersons and staff.
Here at Sacratomatoville, we longed criticized the mayor of ignoring the established neighborhood associations and political groups. Who slapped him down hard (it wasn’t close) by rejecting his bid to be Sacramento’s first Strong Mayor.
Not so long ago, Leona Helmsley was a wealthy business owner who own a Manhattan Hotel Chain, It was very important for her to be seen with the right people, politicians and other movers and shakers. At the same time, she abused the people who worked for her including contractors who on completion of their work she refused to pay. One day someone blabbed to the press, then others came forward. Employees whom she fired, and they all brought her down. She spent 19 months in jail for Tax Evasion.
Its very possible someone is coming for the mayor. To slow him or to take him down.