Kevin Johnson Rumors
A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man, who was left battered and facing assault charges. The pie wielder and local activist, Sean Thompson, 32, said Thursday that the mayor overreacted, sending him to the hospital for nine stitches before he went to jail.
“There was no throwing of the pie,” said Erika Bjork, who works for a professional soccer team in Sacramento and saw the encounter up close. “This was a direct assault. It just happened that he had a pie in his hand.” Bjork, whose boss is a major donor to Johnson, said the mayor looked shocked and swung at Thompson multiple times, but she didn’t see him land any punches.
Thompson had red and blue bruises around his right eye when he spoke to The Associated Press in jail. “When I threw the pie at him, right at that moment, I shouted at him. I said, ‘You need to better represent me,'” Thompson said.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Sacramento Mayor, former NBA star, and UC Berkeley standout Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie tonight at a farm-to-table dinner event — then he tackled and assaulted the protester in a “bloody” brawl. Sources in attendance have told the Express that, during the meal, a protester ran at the mayor and threw a store-bought pie in his face.
Hornacek doesn’t have any coaching experience in a big market — three years in Utah as assistant and 2½ seasons as Suns head coach, failing to make the playoffs even after winning 48 games his rookie year. It was good enough for Jackson, after his five-week coaching search ended last week by offering Hornacek the job. “Jeff is someone who understands what it means to play on the biggest stage in New York but won’t be fazed by the bright lights and the pressure of the biggest media market,” Johnson told The Post. “There is nothing bigger than the NBA Finals against Michael Jordan, and Jeff played a key role in those series twice. That experience is invaluable for this job.”
With the Knicks’ weakness being the backcourt, Jackson hopes Hornacek can influence his young point guards Jerian Grant and Tony Wroten. Johnson said he thinks the Zen Master has the right guy. “There is no doubt in my mind that Jeff will be an excellent coach for point guards,” Johnson said. “Although he played shooting guard, Jeff always understood the game like a point guard. I saw that firsthand. When I went to Phoenix, the two of us were almost immediately in sync. It doesn’t hurt that Jeff was in the same backcourt with [point guard] John Stockton for years.”