What sailed through the Memphis City Council last week, found unexpected rough waters by some riled up Shelby County commissioners on Monday.
A resolution to authorize the transfer of the Memphis Grizzlies operating agreement from current owner Michael Heisley to prospective owner Robert Pera passed by a 9 to 4 vote.
Politician Morris Udahl was once asked why a vote on a congressional proposal was taking so long.
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"Well everything that can be said about the issue has been said," he said. "The problem is everybody wants to say it."
"I have to vote on this. I have to justify the vote I make on this and I don't know if I can justify voting for this not knowing the financials of the person I'm voting on," proclaimed County Commissioner Terry Roland.
With a nervous representative from the Pera ownership group in the audience, the vote to delay was beaten back on a 7 to 6 vote. It only passed a half hour later when Commissioner Heidi Shafer came up with some financial figures about Pera's company "Ubiquities" off an Internet search. Opposition melted and the consent resolution finally passed 9 to 4.
"All we're doing is agreeing to allow the name to change," said Commissioner Chris Thomas. "Nothing else changes. We want to know how much money everybody makes, how stable. I would love to know that but it still has nothing to do with this contract."
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