By KEVIN CANFIELD and DYLAN GOFORTH
Saying Tulsa Shock majority owner Bill Cameron was a “liar” who used Tulsa as an incubator for the WNBA franchise, minority owner Stuart Price filed a lawsuit Monday he hopes might keep the team here.
“In my opinion, Bill Cameron has set us up, has set up the city of Tulsa, its fans, its players, its coaches, its sponsors, the reputation of its community,” Price said. “Quite frankly I’m sorry to say Bill Cameron, who was a friend of mine, is just a big liar.”
Price said he believes Cameron has been “deliberately plotting for some time” to relocate the Shock to Texas.
Last week, Mayor Dewey Bartlett pleaded with Cameron in a letter to keep the Shock in town.
The letter apparently was not enough.
For many fans, reports that Cameron is considering moving the team come at an ironic time, as the Shock is having its best season so far. Currently, the team is ranked second in the WNBA Western Conference with a 10-5 record, trailing behind the Minnesota Lynx.
The team is owned by Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, which is led by Cameron. A group of investors own a minority stake in the team including Paula Marshall, Stuart Price, Sam Combs, David Box, Don and Pat Hardin, Patricia Chernicky, Scott Schofield and Chris Christian.
Read Cameron’s statement announcing the team’s departure below.