Commissioners want the courts to decide who has total control over events at The Pyramid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Commissioners want the courts to decide who has total control over events at The Pyramid

Shelby County Commissioners want the courts to decide who has total control over events at The Pyramid. Shelby County commissioners voted Wednesday to have the county attorney draw up a lawsuit against Hoops and the Grizzlies to loosen what they call a stranglehold on The Pyramid. It comes as The Pyramid faces a totally uncertain future.

Rumors are running so rampant about The Pyramid's future. It's hard to tell what's fact and what's fiction. From an aquarium, to a casino, to a Ripley's museum, no one's sure what's next for The Pyramid. However, county commissioner John Willingham says that if the Grizzlies get their way nothing would be next for The Pyramid. In fact, John Willingham accuses the Grizzlies of holding the people of Memphis and Shelby County hostage. He says the Grizzlies got the gold and the citizens got the shaft.

In a letter to Hoops attorney Stan Meadows, Willingham expresses outrage at being told the Grizzlies would prefer a casino not in The Pyramid, but closer to Peabody Place and FedExForum. Willingham wrote: "I can under$tand why you would want a ca$ino near the FedExForum. It seems to me that enough is never going to be enough for Michael Heisley." Willingham said, "I am bitter about it and it perplexes me that we're tied here with little that we can do without somebody's permission." Wednesday, a committee passed a resolution to have the county attorney file a suit against Hoops regarding The Pyramid. Joyce Avery agrees, but says she hopes things can be worked out before the matter heads to court. "I want to take a look and see if we can't reach a compromise."

Stan Meadows said that the tone of Willingham's letter was unusual very aggressive and unanticipated. He said he never said that the Grizzlies would prefer that The Pyramid remain shut down. And he said, "We have a contract and we fully expect the city and county to live by the contract."

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