The Jazz waived second-year guard Bart Kofoed today in the latest development stemming from an incident involving Kofoed and teammate Bobby Hansen last weekend.
Kofoed was sent from Houston to Salt Lake City this morning and Jazz General Manager David Checketts said the team is terminating Kofoed's two-year contract, which was guaranteed through this season."There is a clause in his contract that requires him to act in good citizenship and good sportsmanship," said Checketts. "For violation of that clause, we're going to terminate his contract because he struck one of his teammates and caused significant damage and damaged the team's season."
Kofoed's alleged punch came after he and Hansen had engaged in wrestling and other horseplay that became heated at the end of a New Year Eve's party at Hansen's home. Checketts made his decision after interviewing several people in attendance.
"There are many versions of the story," Checketts said. "There are as many versions as eyewitnesses. The fact is, a punch was thrown, and I don't see that that situation could ever be patched up again."
Kofoed's brother John was one of the witnesses and he planned to make a formal statement later today. Contacted at his home in Southern California, John Kofoed said, "Bart has been made out to look like a real bad guy here. The Jazz have not made an effort to make the truth known or even be fair about it."