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Former Jazz player accuses Dennis Lindsey of using bigoted language; Lindsey ‘categorically’ denies it

Elijah Millsap alleges Lindsey made comment during exit interview in 2015

Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey talks with the media at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Utah Jazz’s Dennis Lindsey talks with the media at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Wednesday night Lindsey denied an accusation that he used bigoted language to former Jazz player Elijah Millsap.
Dustin Jensen, Dustin Jensen, Deseret News

On Wednesday evening, former Utah Jazz player Elijah Millsap alleged that in his 2015 exit interview, then-general manager Dennis Lindsey made racially insensitive comments.

“Almost 6yrs ago. On April 16, 2015, D. Lindsey made bigot remarks in my exit interview while conversing with Q. Snyder ‘if u say one more word, I’ll cut your Black ass and send you back to Louisiana,’” Millsap said in a post on Twitter.

Lindsey, now vice president of basketball operations for the Jazz, made a short statement to the Deseret News denying the allegation.

“I categorically deny making that statement,” he said.

When asked after Wednesday night’s game between the Jazz and Lakers, what he recalled about that particular exit interview, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said that he didn’t remember that conversation.

“Honestly, I don’t remember the conversation,” Snyder said. “I can’t fathom Dennis saying something like that.”

The tweet from Millsap was part of a thread in which he described the real nature of bigotry as a current problem that needs to be addressed.

“I believe ‘Truth’ is the key to human evolution and must be shared to continually ‘Empower’ the human consciousness of the people being oppressed,” Millsap said in the tweet immediately preceding the one about Lindsey.

The Jazz players were informed about the tweet following Wednesday’s game. Rudy Gobert said he was pretty close with Millsap when they were Jazz teammates but that Wednesday was the first he had heard about the incident.

“There was never any conversations about that (back then),” Gobert said. “I’m just going to reach out to him and find out. Until we have more information it’s hard to tell, it was six years ago. That’s why this kind of stuff is tough to understand. Hopefully we get more information.”

Millsap, the younger brother of former Jazz man Paul Millsap, spent parts of two seasons with the Jazz from Jan. 5, 2015, to Jan. 5, 2016. Millsap first signed two consecutive 10-day contracts with the Jazz during the 2014-15 season before signing a full NBA deal with the team. He appeared in 67 games before being waived the following season.