Demand ESPN release 30 for 30 Down in the Valley
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I was one of lucky few who got to view "Down in the Valley", an episode of 30 for 30, which was pre-screened at the historic Crest Theater before ESPN decided to pull the episode from being aired, keeping it from being seen by a national audience. This documentary shows the torture that Sacramento Kings fans have dealt with from being cheated out of a Championship title during the 2001-2002 Western Conference Finals to the constant threat of the Maloofs taking the team to a different city. A large part of the documentary centers around local hero, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson without whom the city of Sacramento would have probably lost their NBA franchise that they absolutely cherish. ESPN pulled the documentary from being nationally aired because of decades old criminal charges against mayor Kevin Johnson that were settled out of court more than 20 years ago. However, this documentary represents much more than Mayor Johnson. It represents the heart of the people of Sacramento and how incredibly important the Kings are to the city. It represents Sacramento's unwavering love for its only professional sports franchise and how close to losing it we actually were. It represents a community united by the love of their NBA franchise and an unwavering commitment to support the Kings, win or lose. For ESPN to pull the documentary is just one more slap in the face to the city of Sacramento and the torture we've already endured. I thought the documentary was absolutely wonderful and as a proud Sacramentan felt a great sense of pride after watching this film. I beg of you ESPN, release Down in the Valley to remind people what we've gone through and what we've over come.
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