A Warriors source disputed some of the claims levied by superfan Paul Wong. The Warriors are usually hesitant to address these types of stories. The source re-iterated how much they appreciated Wong’s support and passion, but wanted to clear up some “inaccuracies.”
• The Warriors DID offer to re-imburse him for printing the placards during the 2007 playoff run. But Wong, who said he spent $5,500 during that playoff run, rejected the gesture.
• Wong does not own the rights to “We Believe.” The Warriors’ source said the team went through the proper channels to use “We Believe.” It is owned by a fan of the Boston Red Sox, who the Warriors paid before making it their official slogan. (I am checking this because the copyright laws allow flexibility as long as there is a noted difference. In other words, two people can own the rights in circumstances)
• Despite that he didn’t own the rights to the “We Believe” slogan, the source said Wong tried to sue the Warriors for using his slogan without permission. He was unsuccessful. (Needless to say, the lawsuit ended the Warriors efforts to “thank” Wong.)
So, in the end, the Warriors did say thank you in some form even if it wasn’t the thanks Wong was looking for in return.