Ever since Howard Schultz sold the Seattle SuperSonics to Clay Benson and other investors, the city of Seattle has longed for the return of an NBA franchise. Benson moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008 and overhauled the franchise, changing their color, logo, and name to the “Thunder.”

Seattle is a beautiful city, and all the inhabitants loved the SuperSonics and the success they experienced. In their 41 seasons in the Pacific Northwest, the Sonics appeared in the playoffs 22 times, captured three Western Conference titles (1978-79, 1996), and won the 1979 NBA Finals. It also birthed the career of one of the all-time greatest defensive point guards, Gary Payton.

Oh, Shawn Kemp‘s aerial acrobatics became popular, too.

Entrepreneur Chris Hansen sent a request to the Seattle City Council asking permission to build a new arena on Occidental Avenue South with the hopes of enticing owners to either relocate or having the NBA think about an expansion team. The request was denied, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. The vote was 5-4 for rejection.

Once Russell Wilson heard the news, he took to Twitter to voice his opinion:

Luckily, sports fans in Seattle love their quarterback and football team. The 12th man creates an exhilarating home field advantage for the Seahawks that rivals the NBA atmospheres in Toronto and Oakland for the Raptors and Warriors. Behind this rabid crowd, that’s highly-endorsed by NBA player Nate Robinson, Wilson was able to lead them to two straight Super Bowls, including a championship in 2014.

Wilson would love to have the citizens of Seattle start a petition to bring an NBA franchise there because, he feels, the city would support them just as much as the Seahawks.