Utah Jazz Rumors
The Utah Jazz are cooperating with an NBA investigation into former guard Elijah Millsap’s allegation that executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey made bigoted comments during a 2015 end-of-season meeting, sources told ESPN. The probe will include the sharing of detailed notes taken in the April 2015 meeting that was attended by Millsap and three Jazz officials, sources said.
End-of-season meetings — also commonly called exit meetings — are staples of NBA organizations, typically wide-ranging conversations between front offices and players that review the past season and look to the future. The Jazz have kept detailed notes on every one of those meetings since Lindsey started as the franchise’s GM in 2012, sources said.
The Jazz have retained outside counsel to assist the league in its review of the matter, sources said. Utah officials, including Lindsey, encouraged the league office’s opening of a review of Millsap’s allegation, which was lodged on social media Wednesday night.
Marc Stein: The Jazz announce they have hired an outside firm in conjunction with the NBA to “thoroughly investigate” a recent social media post from former Utah forward Elijah Millsap alleging a racially insensitive comment from the team’s top basketball executive, Dennis Lindsey, in 2015:
Sarah Todd: In speaking with Elijah Millsap, he said he was disappointed that Lindsey denied it so quickly. Even if it’s not what they remember, Millsap felt that it would have been right for them to reach out to him and address what he considers to be a hurtful experience rather than deny
Sarah Todd: I spoke with Elijah Millsap this morning about the incident he referred to in his tweets last night. He said that his hope is that by shining a light on the use of bigoted language that there can be progress and change made. The purpose of his coming forward was not to paint Dennis Lindsey as a racist, “I don’t believe he’s a racist. I was highlighting the remarks.” Millsap’s hope is that by sharing his own experience it will benefit others, possibly start conversations even if they’re hard.