From the Sacramento Bee:
Monday night was supposed to be a festive one for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The Crest Theatre was showing a premiere of “Down in the Valley,” a documentary of Sacramento’s successful effort to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
In this ESPN narrative, Johnson is the star.
At the last minute, another video – this one made by the Phoenix Police Department nearly 20 years ago – caused ESPN to delay indefinitely its nationwide television release of the Sacramento documentary. This video, posted on YouTube last week, shows a teenage girl describing how she says Johnson molested her when he was a basketball player with the Phoenix Suns.
The local premiere of the ESPN movie, sponsored by the Kings, went forward, but it was no longer a prelude to the planned Oct. 20 national release of the film.
ESPN confirmed that no one from the network would attend the Sacramento event. The network cited “a recent, renewed focus on allegations” against Johnson as its reason for postponing the national release of the film.