By Nolan Clay Modified: April 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm •  Published: April 22, 2008
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issue. ... I made a commitment to him personally, as well, that was meaningful to me and I hail to that commitment,” Bennett said Friday.

An attorney for the current owners, as well as a spokesman, would not comment Tuesday night on the lawsuit.

The current owners already face a federal trial in Seattle on June 16. The city of Seattle is trying to force them to play in Seattle for two more years, the length of the team's lease at KeyArena.

The former owners point to e-mails as proof they were lied to. In one e-mail, the lawsuit alleges, Bennett “confided” to his co-owners two days before the sale that the Oklahoma City group could sell the team in a “sweet flip” if a new arena in Washington was approved. Bennett wrote the Oklahoma City group “would still be in good shape for something in OKC,” according to the lawsuit.

Bennett already has said some of his e-mails have been misconstrued.

New lawsuit against Sonics owners