Sahara Las Vegas and its legal representatives say a rumor we shared about the resort closing later this year is unfounded.
Which is why you won’t find the original article here, because while the story was clearly framed as a rumor, life it too short to talk to lawyers.
How you “retract” a rumor, we aren’t entirely sure, but consider this that. Because we really like drinking and playing video poker at Casbar Lounge.
In case we haven’t said it often enough, we share news on our site, but we also share rumors, speculation, opinions and industry chatter.
We clearly state when rumors are rumors. Rumors don’t always turn out to be true. Often they do. If this one turns out to be true, we trust Sahara will retract its denial and send us an edible bouquet.
Here’s another photo of Sahara’s casino.
For posterity, here’s Sahara’s denial of the closure rumor via its Twitter account.
It’s never our intention to knowingly share false information, and Sahara is adamant this rumor has no validity. Which would mean we just made the whole thing up, for no reason and based upon no information whatsoever. That’d be weird, but let’s go with it.
We definitely apologize if this rumor caused employees any unnecessary concern. Trust us, they hear rumors long before we do.
This isn’t our first dance with Sahara and it won’t be the last.
Update (8/8/20): Apparently, Sahara wasn’t satisfied with removal of our original post and this update/retraction. We’ve been sued by Sahara (Las Vegas Resort Holdings). The news coverage has been extensive, find stories at Channel 3, Channel 5 and the Las Vegas Sun. The story by Channel 13 contains the full complaint. We aren’t going to get into why we believe this legal action was misguided, but here’s what we have said to media outlets: “This was a rumor clearly presented as such. Threatening legal action to try and intimidate and silence writers is so 2001. It doesn’t really fly in 2020. How is the rumor that a struggling casino is struggling even more during a pandemic surprising or controversial?” More to come.
Update (9/28/20): On Sep. 28, 2020, we filed an anti-SLAPP motion to fight Sahara’s frivolous lawsuit. Wait for it.
Update (10/20/20): On Oct. 20, 2020, arguably the wisest judge in the world, District Judge Trevor Atkin, granted our motion and the case was dismissed. Fun fact: Sahara has to pay our legal fees. Free speech for the win.