City officials said this week that a massive records request submitted by the Maloof family has created a perception that the Kings' owners are trying to derail the arena process.
In a letter from the city attorney's office, the Maloofs' attorneys were told the records request created a "perception that this is an attempt to undermine the good faith efforts of so many people and organizations, including the Kings' fans."
The Maloof family filed a seven-page records request, asking for correspondence between the city and the NBA, arena operator AEG, the arena development team and several other groups. City officials said they are still working on their response, but are asking that the Maloofs withdraw their request.
The city's response said "it was with surprise and dismay" that the request was made, "given the various parties' efforts, including the Maloofs and the National Basketball Association, in diligently working together for months on bringing a new arena to the City of Sacramento."
A copy of the city's letter can be found here:City-KingsPRA.pdf
Speaking to reporters in New York, Harvey Englander, a Maloof spokesman, said the records request was "very standard and ordinary" and was simply an attempt by the family to have all relevant documents in one place.