MIAMI — Former Utah protector Elijah Millsap stated Friday he hasn’t yet heard from some other researchers regarding his allegation which Jazz executive Dennis Lindsey created a bigoted remark to him through an end-of-season assembly in 2015.
Millsap also voiced doubt that a reasonable investigation could occur regarding his claim which Lindsey, who subsequently was the team’s general director and today is a former vice presidentthreatened to reduce his”Black buttocks” and send him home.
Millsap created the allegation in an tweet on Wednesday. The Jazz reacted Thursday, saying in a statement they’d bring in outside counsel to perform a comprehensive investigation together with the NBA.
“Some external counsel or someone, they all could do is simply try to stir this up and make [me] seem like I am lying. I made it basically to free myself in the envy of carrying things in, to spare myself, to not create Dennis Lindsey feel awful and to not make him seem like a racist. I really don’t feel he’s a racist, but I really do understand what he said .”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver affirmed the league’s participation Friday.
“We take allegations of discrimination seriously, so do we also consider the due process rights of people who happen to be accused, which explains precisely why we do complete analyses,” Silver said. “And in this situation, the investigation has been conducted in partnership and in communicating with the Utah Jazz.”
General supervisor Justin Zanik, that was an assistant general manager tasked with maintaining detailed notes of this conversation, was likewise in the assembly, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Those notes have been entered into a group database and will be analyzed as part of this analysis, sources said.
Millsap said he recalls being”high energy” moving in that meeting and excited to listen to what Lindsey and Snyder would convey .
“I was anticipating great opinions,” Millsap said.
Millsap posted on Twitter which Lindsey told him”If u say one more note, I will cut your Dark ass and send you back to Louisiana.”
Millsap satisfied with reporters soon after departing the meeting with Snyder and Lindsey and didn’t demonstrate any signs of becoming mad. He had been waived from the Jazz in January 2016, a day prior to the rest of the contract for this season could have been ensured he said. Such moves aren’t rare with non-guaranteed deals.
Snyder has stated he has no recollection of this occurring, and defended Lindsey again on Friday ahead of the Jazz played Miami.
“I have never heard anything remotely near this out of Dennis,” Snyder explained. “I have not heard anything, as I mentioned, remotely near this and understand him and his personality. And I think that if something like this were said, I am sensitive to those problems and I’d recall it.”
Millsap appeared in just two NBA games following the Jazz waived himand stated he thinks the team hasn’t spoken well of him if other teams asked about his background. He said he works out for many hours each day and would love to resume his acting career.
Millsap stated he does not have any particular resolution that would suit him in your mind.
“These men, they had the chance to inform people the facts about who I was,” Millsap said. “And they did not do this.