The City Council passed a resolution in favor of outgoing Mayor Kevin Johnson that included an intent to partner with the Sacramento Kings to retire and raise a Mayor KJ jersey in the rafters at Golden 1 Center.
In a statement, the team said, “In addition to the wall honoring the Mayor and city council for their efforts to save our team, we do not have any immediate plans to retire his jersey.” The statement continued, “however our organization continues to look for ways to honor the Mayor and all of those who were integral to the building of Golden 1 Center.”
Johnson helped save the Sacramento Kings basketball team from moving out of the city to Seattle. He was also instrumental in getting the Golden 1 Center built in downtown Sacramento.
It’s extremely rare for a player to be recognized in the rafters by a pro sports team that he never played for, and Johnson never played for the Kings. All of Major League Baseball’s teams have retired No. 42, the number worn by Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the league. Michael Jordan’s No. 23 was retired by the Miami Heat.
Given Johnson’s efforts to save the team, do you think a Mayor KJ jersey should be raised to the rafters of the new downtown arena?