Calling politics at the Capitol a "contact sport," Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed the California Medical Association this afternoon "to the arena" - then recalled that the Kings arena deal is dead.
Perhaps, he suggested, the city might take in some other sport.
"I feel the gladiatorial instincts can be adequately sated by coming to the legislative galleries and watching the various forces of the state contend," Brown said.
Asked later who is to blame for the arena deal crumbling, Brown said maybe no one person, at all.
"It might be the economy. It might be lack of money," he said. "I don't think you should be looking for fault. It's a business proposition, and somebody has to say that by investing the money, they're going to get more than they put in, and if you can't find that, it won't happen, and if that does turn out to be the case, I'm sure somebody will step up."