Vivek Ranadive

Believing he wasn’t rewarded for ongoing efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, businessman Darius Anderson has filed a civil complaint against two of the team’s owners, Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.(Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal)

Ben van der Meer
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 22, 2014, 4:00pm PST
Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 4:38pm PST

Businessman and lobbyist Darius Anderson has filed a complaint against two of the owners of the Sacramento Kings, alleging he was deceived and left out of the ownership when the team traded hands in spring 2013.

That came after Anderson had worked for several years on an effort to keep the team in Sacramento and create a local ownership team, according to the complaint. San Francisco attorneys filed the complaint against Vivek Ranadivé and Mark Mastrov in San Mateo County, where Ranadivé lives.

The suit does not offer an explanation for why other participants in the deal would want to cut Anderson out.
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In a statement responding to the filing, Sacramento Kings officials said the suit is unfounded: “The lawsuit is disappointing, especially because Mr. Anderson and his partners made a considerable profit on the final sale of the Downtown Plaza. This is a frivolous lawsuit seeking even more money, and we feel confident it’ll be dismissed in short order.”

According to the suit, Anderson got involved with the Kings beginning in 2011 by working with Mayor Kevin Johnson, grocery store magnate Ron Burkle and others to buy and keep the team in Sacramento. Anderson personally raised over $1 million in locally based money to keep the team here, the complaint states.

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