Sloan attacked a few refs and he is icon in our state. I would be in jail if I
did that. Pro sports have many many problems. For decades now one can hear
things court side in SLC that one would never hear elsewhere. Because there are
so many good people here, a few bad apples come here too to enjoy our economy
and state. I guess a few people think they have freedom of speech court side.
On different topic, cut season to 30 game season, single game elimination in
playoffs, start season in Dec. and end in April, and players make half million
for 5 month season and coaches make $125 K. This will improve pro sports. And
they will have half the year off to work other real jobs.
Gail Miller for President She's got dignity, she calls it like
it is, she's a proven leader. And she is NOT a racist.We'll said, Gail.
I love basketball. Played it every free moment I had growing up. Loved the
Jazz.At some point in the last twenty years the NBA went from being
a sports league to just an entertainment show. However, what I didn't
realize is that it wasn't just WWE-style entertainment, but now closer akin
to Jerry-Springer-style entertainment.Sad.I'll
follow Utes football instead.
Gail is a model of civility. Thanks for being such a good example. Even at the
professional level it is just a game...
"Never thought I'd say this......as of today the Jazz orgainization
lost me."Because they insist on civility from their fan base.
If that offends you, well, I guess that is ok. The last thing they need is for
more fans that think being crude is an attractive trait. It's hard for me
to believe that is what you intended, but you didn't explain what they did
that turned you off.
@IJAnd today I join you my brother
I haven't watched professional sports for years and I don't miss it at
all. Cheering for a bunch of whiny, grossly over paid, self absorbed people who
don't give two hoots about you except that you pay outrageous ticket prices
so they can be worshipped is not my idea of a good time. Many will say good
ridance to me and that's OK. I left along time ago and haven't missed
it one bit.
@jelloI don't want to be missed pal.
Uteology - Those twitter posts were proven to be spammed... sorry the fan did
not do those posts, someone was making the fan out to be worse than he was...
Oh wait... we do not worry about verification, just go straight to
We're not a "racist community" in the sense that we don't
pride ourselves in having that quality be a known cultural export, but we are a
community with a lot of racists and a troubled racist history. Saying "this
isn't who we are" ignores the uncomfortable truths that it is, indeed,
who "we" are, in some unfortunate respects.
@Pugman - Tremonton, UTMarch 15, 2019 10:31 a.m."Never
thought I'd say this......as of today the Jazz orgainization lost
me."And if that is your feeling, then you won't be missed.
@RidalBut if someone was booing the flag being brought to center
Court, we wouldn't ignore it. If someone said something about our sister we
would say something. The issue here is not that we don't speak up, but that
we speak up when something we identify with is being maligned. Gail is
challenging us to identify with more people.
Perhaps the higher alcohol content law will mellow out the fans
Never thought I'd say this......as of today the Jazz orgainization lost me.
gabood - Salt Lake City, UTMarch 15, 2019 8:58 a.m.This is so
absurd. Russell Westbrook lost his cool and then tried to deflect by calling a
fan "racist". The fan allegedly said "why don't you get on your
knees like you are used to." How does that have anything to do with race?
Whole thing is blown way out of proportion. The fan was wearing Jordan brand
gear in the interview after the game. Is that a sign of someone who is racist?
Wearing Michael Jordan's brand?-----No, but his
Twitter posts are.
@out of the blue:Yes, I ignore a lot of things.Because adults
ignore ignorant chatterings.
I've seen Russell Westbrook play in person only 2 times (many times on TV)
and have never once seen him instigate an altercation with a fan. I've seen
him push a phone away (a phone that was stuck in his face (while he was leaving
the court) by an incredibly rude fan. Other than that--I've seen nothing
but colorful (yes) brilliant play and a guy who plays for and is very loyal to
his small market team. I would fall of my chair and giggle like a happy school
girl if I heard that Russell Westbrook were being traded to the Jazz.On the other hand--I've seen rude and inappropriate fan behavior at just
about every single Jazz game I've ever attended. Understand--this
isn't indicting the Jazz crowds as a whole, but in every single game that
I've ever attended, there are always those few. The guy who mumbles remarks
about opposing players appearance or attitude or intelligence. The one who
spouts hate language juuuust loudly enough for a few people to hear him. The one
who sticks incredibly inappropriate and intolerant language into a chorus of
boos,---because he can get away with it. Support Shane? Two words.
Utah fans have long been known to be extremely enthusiastic, whether rooting for
the Jazz or local college teams. But I like what Jerry Seinfeld had to say in
the opening to one of his episodes, that we're not actually rooting for
players; we're rooting for a colored shirt. "It's different guys
every year. You're rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it.
We're screaming about laundry."If our favorite player went
to play for a rival team next year, we'd probably stop rooting for them.
Likewise, if a hated player on the other team came to our team, we'd
probably welcome him with open arms. In the end, it really is just a game, but
the people wearing that different colored laundry are people, too.
@RiDalHave you ever heard something offensive and ignored it? I
have, at a Jazz game no less. So I do feel a little guilty and am glad they are
taking steps to let people like me know how to safely report things like this in
Gail has to protect the franchise, it’s a big investment for drunken
Agree with Gail Miller and the request for greater civility, but I cry foul when
Dennis Lindsey says, "What it does is make everyone feel small, and every
Caucasian should take a look at themselves and look at their heart." This is
not a "Caucasian" problem but a human nature problem. I have lived in
many places where I (a Caucasian) was in the minority and in some cases strongly
discriminated against. He should instead say that every "person" should
look at themselves... I'm not going to start apologizing to everyone
now because I am white. I have seen people of different ethnicities be just as
racist as anyone else. Unfortunately it is a problem that doesn't
discriminate and can be found amongst us all.
This is so absurd. Russell Westbrook lost his cool and then tried to deflect by
calling a fan "racist". The fan allegedly said "why don't you
get on your knees like you are used to." How does that have anything to do
with race? Whole thing is blown way out of proportion. The fan was wearing
Jordan brand gear in the interview after the game. Is that a sign of someone who
is racist? Wearing Michael Jordan's brand?Absolutely absurd. I
think this is all a deflection from Russell Westbrook's poor attitude.
Choruses of disrespectful, vulgar shouts are regularly directed at the visiting
teams at Utah Grizzlies games (especially at the end of Grizzlies power plays).
I hope those will stop too.
Still not sure the fan actually intended racism. I think his claim that his
comment was to "ice his knees" is more plausible (has a definite
basketball meaning of "sit down - you're done") than "get on
your knees," which I think is just weird. I think it's entirely
possible it was just misheard and this is all a misunderstanding. That said, I
don't doubt that there are hateful and hurtful things expressed (maybe by
him and definitely by others). Maybe he was guilty or maybe the Jazz just
needed to make a statement to fans in general and he's the scapegoat - no
one commenting here will know which is true. If he was innocent, I feel really
bad for him getting dragged through the mud. If he was guilty, then I feel just
White ISIS/White Supremacy was alive and well before Donsld Trump. Now it is
even worse. They don't want peace and civility.
You know what I resent ?I resent Gail Miller's implied assumption
that "the community" needs to feel guilty or express an apology for the
action of one person.
You would think Ms. Millers comments wouldn’t need to be said in this day
and age. But the past 10 years an evil that’s been in slumber in our
society has resurfaced with a vengeance. No matter what come across as
appropriate in our politics these days it should not be tolerated in our
communities or homes. It goes without saying that we are better than this but
it requires daily discipline to not only embrace courtesy but demand it among
those around us.
Great counter point to the populist opinion that just because someone makes a
lot of money doing what they do, you can disrespect them at will. Gail is a
great ambassador of the community and many would be well served by following her
example. The dude who made the comments and was banned claimed it
was his wife's first game. Not sure what he thought he was doing trying to
get into a verbal altercation with a player from the other team, but that
isn't what a ticket to a NBA game entitles him to do. Too bad his actions
also made it also his and his wife's last game. Westbrook also
has responsibility here too. He needs to learn how to respond to classless
people like this better. The league will deal with him. Some say $25,000
isn't all that much. Trust me, people with money still understand the
value of $25,000. When he was being recruited for college, he was offered an
academic scholarship to Stanford, but declined because even with the
scholarship, he couldn't afford to go there. He understands the value of
$25,000. That's why he works so hard now.Good job Gail, you
made us all proud.
There's one thing to remember when cheering at a Jazz game. All of the
players in the NBA are top level athletes and deserve our respect. We like some
better than others but no body in the league deserves to be slurred with any
type of talk that is inappropriate or racist.Russell Westbrook is a
pain in the Jazz neck but he is also one of the greatest players to ever play
the game. Maybe it would be better to just appreciate the way he plays and
cheer for the Jazz to win.I would trade for Russell Westbrook in a
heartbeat. He has a better pedigree than any player on the Jazz current
roster.Make no mistake about it, I love this Jazz team but to have a
Russell Westbrook on our lineup would be a no brainer!
Thank you, Gail, for this heartfelt and inspirational speech. You are a
wonderful ambassador and leader in our community. I was at the game Monday
evening, and from our earlier interactions I knew that you would respond
forcefully to this unfortunate incident. For those who do not already know
about Gail's commitment to important values, I encourage you to look up her
speech at BYU when she gave the Wheatley Institution Distinguished Ethics
Lecture. We are a truly blessed community to have such an example of virtue in