The former Starbucks CEO who has created a media uproar over his possible candidacy for U.S. president in 2020 is finally apologizing to the city of Seattle for bungling the SuperSonics’ quest for a new NBA arena and selling the team to ownership that would move the franchise to Oklahoma City in 2008. In his new book, “From the Ground Up,” Schultz writes,“Almost everyone blamed me, and after some initial denial, I realized they were right to do so. I had squandered the very public trust that I had bought into.” The admission likely will do little to change Schultz’s status as the most reviled figure among Seattle sports fans. “The sharpest pains hit me not when I’m publicly insulted, but when I’m walking or driving and see someone wearing a SuperSonics T-shirt or cap,” Schultz writes. “It’s a public wound I cannot heal. For that I will forever be deeply sorry.”
The Houston Texans’ Pro Bowl quarterback is renovating the home he grew up in recognition of his mother’s steadfast belief and encouragement in helping him realize his NFL dreams. “She is my rock, my hero,” Watson said of Deann Watson. “She always was there giving 100 percent each and every day to try to be the best she can be to help her kids be successful.” The Watsons received a home from Habitat for Humanity in Gainesville, Ga., when Deshaun was 11. His mother, a survivor of throat cancer, still lives in that house. “She deserves it,” Deshaun said. “It’s been a solid home for us. … (But) living room, kitchen and dining area, those areas need a little touch up. Everything she went through, this is really the smallest thing I can do for her.” Watson chronicled the spiffy home makeover on an online show called “My Houzz.”
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