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Can you be Pro-Kings and Anti-Arena?

SACRAMENTO–

Nick Miller never thought someone on Twitter would nickname him a public enemy.

“It’s too personal. That’s not even sportsmanlike” says Miller, journalist and co-editor of Sacramento News & Review.

Miller received a tweet, which outright called him a “real snarky jerk” last week, which was just one of many responses he got from readers who read the Op-Ed piece he wrote for the paper.

“I’m like hold on a second, are we not allowed to explore both sides of this debate? Do we have to be cheerleaders for the Kings?” Miller said.

Apparently so, he says, pointing out that a healthy public debate about a new arena potentially coming to downtown is non-existent. And, he blames the media, arguing that most journalists are pro-Kings and pro-Arena.

At the City Manager’s office Friday, officials told us few media outlets have even questioned the transportation plan that would surround a new downtown arena.

“It’s very much something that were still working on” said arena project manager Desmond Parrington.

And, even though the project is still in the works, Miller has questions, like will the city end up paying for it? According to public documents, would not have to pay more than what was already agreed upon, $258 million.

And Miller says, anyone who isn’t on board with that might end up being labeled ‘public enemy’.

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