ARIZONA NEWS

90-year-old lady who ripped Suns’ owner takes aim at Phoenix lawmaker

Dec 17, 2018, 3:59 PM | Updated: 8:19 pm

PHOENIX – The 90-year-old Phoenix woman who gained global fame for her takedown of Suns owner Robert Sarver is pretty upset at City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, too.

“He’s my councilman, only he doesn’t represent me at all,” Greta Rogers told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos on Monday.

Rogers became an unlikely internet celebrity after she tore into Sarver during a City Council meeting Wednesday, famously saying “he’s so tight he squeaks when he walks.”

The Ahwatukee resident was no less feisty when expressing her contempt for DiCiccio on Monday.

“The guy is lazy, he’s manipulative and he lies,” Rogers said.

Rogers then lit into the councilman for regularly participating in meetings, including last week’s, over the phone rather than in person.

“And it isn’t because he has babies at home; he doesn’t. And it isn’t because he has a gainfully employed job; he doesn’t,” she said.

“He’s lazy, and he doesn’t respect truth.”

Rogers has been a familiar face for years as an active participant at City Hall, but now the whole world knows her after she pointedly voiced her opposition to a proposal to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena.

A vote on the plan, which would cost the city $150 million and the Suns $80 million, was tabled until Jan. 23 so public information sessions could be held.

Rogers’ comments spread like wildfire across the internet, made it onto ESPN and were covered by news organizations in the UK and Australia.

“This is Chicago politics at its worst, and it has a very foul odor,” she said of the deal.

She didn’t just criticize the renovation plan; she took shots at the Suns’ dismal performance.

“Mr. Sarver has done nothing to improve this team in the 14 years he’s owned it,” Rogers said during the meeting.

Then she creatively described Sarver’s aversion to spending and implied the City Council shouldn’t even be dealing with him.

“He’s so tight he squeaks when he walks. And you have been negotiating with this kind of person? Shame on each and all of you,” she said emphatically.

On Monday, Rogers said she’d say the same things to Sarver’s face if she had the chance.

“I don’t care how big or small somebody’s ego is, when they’re trying to screw the city, I won’t stand for it,” she said.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/City Government of Chandler, Arizona)...
KTAR.com

Chandler City Council approves policy to prohibit acts of discrimination

The Chandler City Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination during Monday’s meeting.
1 day ago
(Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Execution warrant requested for Arizona death row inmate

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has requested the state Supreme Court issue a warrant of execution for death row inmate Aaron Gunches.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Angel Zamora)...
KTAR.com

2 Phoenix police officers charged with assault in October incident with shooting suspect

Charges against two Phoenix police officers accused of assaulting a shooting suspect during an October arrest have been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
1 day ago
(Screenshot via Glendale Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Glendale police said officer who activated Taser on shoplifting suspect 14 times followed policy

Glendale police said an officer who activated a Taser 14 times on a shoplifting suspect Tuesday acted within department policy.
1 day ago
(Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Photo/Andrew Pielage)...
KTAR.com

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale to host 1st holiday experience

The Scottsdale winter home and studio of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright will host two weekends of holiday-themed activities open to the public for the first time.
1 day ago
Teofilo Acuna Gutierrez (Photo courtesy of DPS)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert canceled for 78-year-old man last seen in Phoenix

A Silver Alert was canceled Wednesday evening in Phoenix for a 78-year-old man who hasn't been spotted since Friday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
90-year-old lady who ripped Suns’ owner takes aim at Phoenix lawmaker