Utah Jazz investigating alleged bigoted remark made by former staff govt

The Utah Jazz mentioned they will “thoroughly investigate” an allegation from former NBA participant Elijah Millsap that longtime staff govt Dennis Lindsey directed a bigoted assertion towards him throughout an end-of-season exit interview in 2015.

Millsap, the brother of former Jazz standout and present Denver ahead Paul Millsap, made the allegation in a tweet Wednesday. Millsap alleged that Lindsey, then the staff’s common supervisor, mentioned “if u say one more word, I’ll cut your Black ass and send you back to Louisiana.”

Lindsey, now the staff’s govt vice-president, has denied saying that.

“The Jazz organization has zero tolerance for discriminatory behaviour of any kind,” the staff mentioned in an announcement Thursday evening. “We take these matters seriously. We have proactively engaged outside counsel to work in co-ordination with the NBA to thoroughly investigate this matter. We seek a comprehensive and unbiased review of the situation.”

Millsap didn’t instantly reply to a message searching for response to the Jazz assertion and the opening of an investigation. He tweeted later Wednesday that he felt telling his aspect of “my narrative … will teach my sons how to stand up and control their own. Inspired by the courageous souls who fight for racial equality and social justice daily.”

Snyder mentioned Wednesday that he would not bear in mind the 2015 interview with Millsap.

“I’d be shocked. I can’t fathom Dennis saying something like that,” Snyder mentioned.

Jazz centre Rudy Gobert additionally gave the impression to be taken without warning by the allegation.

“I never heard about it,” Gobert mentioned. “Elijah was actually one of the guys that I was close with when he was part of the team a few years ago. I’m just going to reach out to him and find out. Until we have more information, it’s hard to tell. It was six years ago. That’s why it’s kind of tough to understand.”

No prior indication of unhappiness

In his last interview with reporters when that 2014-15 season ended, Millsap spoke about how a lot he loved becoming a member of the Jazz and seeing the staff develop and didn’t point out any incident with Lindsey. It’s frequent for media end-of-season classes to happen on the identical day because the staff exit interviews, however it’s unknown if Millsap’s assembly with reporters was earlier than or after his assembly with Lindsey and Snyder.

Millsap gave no indication of any unhappiness with the group within the interview with reporters that day. He talked about his stage of consolation with the staff and with the town due to his brother’s lengthy tenure with the Jazz, even saying that he knew the names of the ushers. Millsap additionally mentioned he had “a pretty good relationship” with Snyder.

“We’ve been nip and tuck on some things, but we’ve always had the same interest and same goal in mind, and that’s winning,” Millsap mentioned at that time of Snyder. “So, he’s going to put me in my position, put me in my place where I can be successful, and I’ve just got to listen and get better.”

The Jazz wound up waiving Millsap in January 2016, after 67 video games with the staff over two seasons. He averaged 4.2 factors in these video games and didn’t point out any unhappiness in a farewell tweet after the staff gave him the information.

“Thank You Jazz organization for the opportunity,” Millsap wrote on Jan. 5, 2016. “Really appreciate my teammates and all the Jazz fans for your love &support.” He closed the tweet with the hashtag “AlltheBest.”

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