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Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:53 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 3:47 am
Posted by Ben Golliver
Jazz CEO Greg Miller went off on Karl Malone on his blog. (Getty Images)

Things are getting really real in Utah.

This is a long, complicated and hyper-emotional soap opera, so I'll do my best to distill the key details.

Hall of Fame Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan abruptly retired during the middle of the 2010-2011 season after reportedly getting into a locker room argument with All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Everyone involved was really upset, given Sloan's long tenure as one of the most well-regarded coaches in the league. Williams was traded soon after to the New Jersey Nets.

As things unfolded, Hall of Fame Jazz forward Karl Malone rushed to the defense of Sloan and insinuated that the Jazz hadn't done right by Sloan. He later claimed in a Salt Lake Tribune column that the Jazz also had not offered him tickets to the first game of the post-Sloan era, forcing him to purchase scalped tickets for himself.

This particular claim totally set off Jazz CEO Greg Miller, who wrote on Twitter that Malone was "lying" and then doubled-down on his angst by penning a piercing 1375-word blog post in which he aired decades of grievances and family business. In his post, published on his blog, Miller calls Malone "high maintenance," "unreliable," "unstable," and said that he would be unfit to serve as a coach for the Jazz big men.

Miller provided a laundry list of Malone's alleged flakiness and then offered his take on the ticket scandal, writing that Malone was using the situation as a stage to lobby for a job with the Jazz.
A year ago, when Jerry retired, Karl rushed to Salt Lake City. He got in front of every camera he could find at the first game following Jerry’s departure. He positioned himself as an authority on Jerry’s departure by saying something like “the Jerry Sloan I know isn’t a quitter. He left because he didn’t feel wanted.” Karl wasn’t in the locker room during the conversations with me and Jerry. Had he been, he would have seen me (and my mom) do everything possible to convince Jerry to stay. By his own admission Karl hadn’t spoken to Jerry since Jerry left. Karl’s comments on the radio and on national television made an already stressful situation worse. Then in his next breath, on national television, Karl asked me to hire him as a coach.

These are just a few experiences I’ve had with Karl that clearly demonstrate that he can’t be counted on. I am not willing to invite the elements of unreliability and instability into the Jazz organization. It would obviously do more harm than good.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Malone's response, which was essentially: "Oh yeah? Say it to my face."
"We’ve all become very brave when we’re tweeting, texting, blogging. We just write, press send. I don’t have time for that. Don’t tweet it, don’t blog it, don’t text it, give me a little human element. I’m in town two or three times a month. Until I see [Miller] face to face, there won’t be any more comment about Greg Miller. … He’ll see me again.
The paper also reported a statement from Sloan, which, as you would expect, was total class. Sloan said that the team had his back, tried to get him to stay on as coach and that the family conducts itself with integrity.

Meanwhile, Williams, who had been criticized by Malone, emerged as the smartest person in all of this, telling the Associated Press: "I don't respond to people who talk about themselves in the third person."

Miller would have done well to heed Williams' advice himself. Malone is a legend, sure, but he is human and his personality quirks are well-documented. Family business is family business, and ranting for paragraph after paragraph against a valued former employee is simply never the right move for any business owner. It's one of those ancient axioms: you can't defend your reputation by smearing someone else's. You might feel better after venting but your method will be remembered far longer than your words.

It won't be long until regret sinks in. An apology from Miller -- if not to Malone, then to fans of the team for his expression of emotion -- is the likely next chapter of this story.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:49 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Thats what got from it too polish. He probably makes enough mistakes himself that he has to account for, and has to fight off that "you got the team form your daddy" crap that people on here are trying to dish out, and when Malone completely fabricated a story wihout speaking to anyone involved, he took the opportunity to clear the air. I suppose he could have taken the high road and just sued him for liable. Malone was a good player, made to look like a great player by John Stockton and Jerry Sloan. If they can get past this then fine but if they can't it doesn't hurt the Jazz one bit. They never won anything so there will be no reunions. But I am guessing Karl doesn't need to worry about that job interview any time soon.

To the people who say what charitable things Malone did, I hope you believe them because eveyone needs to have hero's and good memories but guess what? All that is for the media and all these guysneed a tax writeoff. I have nto read a single non camera crew thing that any fan has said othe than he was a jerk when they tried to talk to them. I Malone passionate about what he believes? Yes he is because what he believes is that it is all about Karl, all the time. Anything less than all is disrespecting Karl. If you think back and remember the years instead of just the wins and stats, you know I am right.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:24 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Kind of hard to take,"Karl your a liar" out of context.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:08 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

you are all taking gregs comments out of context.  and it sure appears that sloan had gregs back.  we are talking bout karl malone here, the same guy that was afraid to play against magic johnson after he got aids. karl is an asshole. one who forced magic to retire.  probally cause he couldnt beat him in playoffs.  seriously, greg did not slam karl malone at all. learn how to read.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:58 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Hello pot, my name is kettle. It sounds like the one that is unstable is Jazz CEO Greg Miller. If you are the head of any company, and the Utah Jazz is a company, you should have a lot more self-control, tact, and level-headedness than Greg Miller has. Take a page out of Roger Goodell's book: when James Harrison went off on him Goodell did not even dignify him with a response. When you respond to things in public is makes you look like a moron for responding and gives some credibility to the complaints that were said in the first place.

Agreed .......

Miller said, "Karl your a liar. You can have my tickets any time". (big problem for Miller)

What Miller should have said is, Karl you got my number, call me anytime, you can have my tickets.

You don't call Karl Malone a liar on this. He probably did get ticketes for the game from a scalper. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:53 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Try not to forget about those refs either Bozo... Or are you blind..


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:52 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

You're not very bright are you??

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:55 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Thanks Ghandi!  Cool

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:33 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

When violence is the retort to being slammed, it probably means the person was correct.  Athletes really have to plan better for life after basketball so they stop appearing desperate to keep their name alive.  Was this dude going to buy a big rig and deliver stuff...??? 

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:25 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Guess what chief, we are talking about Utah.

And juist in case you missed it, so are you. Cool 

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:02 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Who cares about Utah.  To quote the great Iverson, "We talking bout Utah?"

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