Sean Wolf held two tickets for Sunday's Kings home game in his hands Friday afternoon, the sound of the Maloofs' morning news conference still swirling in his head.
Wolf tore up the tickets like so much confetti, only there was no celebration in his voice.
Wolf, 28, of Roseville, who for years has arranged his schedule around Kings games, promised he won't be going to Power Balance Pavilion for a while and maybe ever echoing the angst and anger of fans across the region reeling from Friday's news that the proposed new arena deal was all but squashed by the Maloofs, the Kings' owners.
"Not as long as the Maloofs own the team, because I won't spend my money there any more," Wolf said. "I'm done with the Maloofs until they sell the team. I'm absolutely furious with what's going on a lot of fans are. I'm shaking, I'm so mad."
Wolf said he won't forget Joe and Gavin Maloof and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson hand in hand standing at midcourt last month and taking a bow to a standing ovation, celebrating the framework for a new sports and entertainment complex after meetings at the All-Star Game in Orlando and a 7-2 vote by the City Council.
"I don't understand it," Wolf said. "They never should have thrown their hands up during that game like a deal was in the works and walked around like saints, only to back out.
"As a Kings fan, I'm super-embarrassed. Now good luck trying to get fans to come out."
Another fan who won't return is Dorothy Allen, a 68-year-old mother of four and grandmother of six who lives in Rancho Cordova. Allen, a retired elementary school teacher, said she's been a Kings season-ticket holder since the franchise moved from Kansas City in 1985. She said her family has "invested tens of thousands of dollars and even more emotion" into the Kings.
And Allen is fed up.
"I'm beyond astonished and disgusted with what's happened," Allen said. "I don't know if this city, this mayor, these fans can trust the Maloofs anymore. Can we trust what they say? This city deserves a better product and maybe better owners."
One year ago, the Kings played the Lakers in what many at the time thought would be their final game in Sacramento before the city was given a one-year reprieve.
"Looked like we had it figured out with an arena, but it's never good enough with the Maloofs," said fan Eric Wallace, 49, a physical therapist. "Let's face it. 'The Three Stooges' movie is out, but I think the real stooges are Joe, Gavin and George Maloof.
"I've completely lost interest in that team after all this. It's baseball season as far as I'm concerned."
Marisa Louie, a Sacramento native and fourth-year student studying sociology and education at UC San Diego, has followed the arena saga from afar on her cellphone and laptop.
She might be out of town, but she's not out of touch.
"Absolutely, I'm all of that and more," Louie said. "It's confusing and it's frustrating and it's disappointing. Remember when Gavin Maloof came out of the All-Star meeting crying? We all saw that. We all saw them go to center court days later and raise their hands with Kevin Johnson.
"I remember what we thought was the last game last year against the Lakers at Power Balance the tears, Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear so emotional on TV. It's insane what's happened."
Louie said she still wears Kings garb in San Diego, on campus and in the city. She said no one asks her about the players or the coach. It's always the arena issue.
"I even meet people from Orange County and Anaheim, and they say the same thing," Louie said. "And they say, 'Keep the Kings up there. We don't want them (with the current ownership).' "