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Utah Jazz: Assistant coach Sidney Lowe offers apology after being arrested

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 9:40 a.m. MST

Utah Jazz coach Sidney Lowe instructs during the game with the Wizards during NBA action in in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe offered a public apology through his attorney two days after being arrested for not paying North Carolina state income taxes from 2009-11.

In an email to the Deseret News, Lowe's North Carolina-based lawyer Lee Turner gave this statement from his client:

“I would like to apologize to the Utah Jazz organization and Jazz fans for the situation that was reported publicly yesterday (Monday)," Lowe stated. "This is a personal matter that I take very seriously. I am working very hard to get the issue resolved in a timely manner and I am cooperating fully with all parties involved.”

Lowe maintained a low profile on Tuesday after rejoining the Jazz following his legal issues that took place at his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on Monday morning. He was arrested, charged with three misdemeanors, and then released on a $10,000 bond.

The Jazz organization again didn't make a statement, but coach Tyrone Corbin offered his full support to his lead assistant and former teammate.

"We're moving forward. It's a personal situation he's dealing with. We support him wholeheartedly," Corbin said. "He understand. He's taking responsibility for where he is in it and we'll support him and he'll move on."

Corbin said Lowe's coaching responsibilities will remain "absolutely the same."

Though Lowe wasn't made available to the media Tuesday, the 53-year-old assistant conducted his usual halftime interview with Jazz-owned ROOT Sports during Utah's 115-101 win over Golden State. Lowe was not asked a question about the arrest or his legal troubles.

Earlier Tuesday, Lowe did not make eye contact with reporters at shootaround and took a different route than usual — away from the media — to get into the coaches' offices after the morning prep session.

Corbin grumbled at reporters when he was pressed on the subject before Tuesday's game.

"Yeah, I'm not talking about it anymore. I've said enough about it," Corbin said. "I'm not making comments on it. It's a personal situation and we'll deal with it."

Lowe has a court date in Wake Forest, N.C., on March 19.

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