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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 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:01 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

The negative comment's to Karl is palpable.

However, the comments from the Jazz fan base in support of the Mailman is runnning around 85%.

Jazz fan's know what Karl meant to the franchise and despite all the national hate for Karl, he is still loved by Jazz fan's.

Greg Miller trashed a franchies icon, and it makes him look bush.


Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:40 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

i"m thinking the CEO put up with this baby while he was employed and probably had had enough of Mr. Wannabe Not Forgotten and just snapped.  True, he should have taken the higher road, buy hey we're human. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:38 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Sleet, snow, or rain didn't stop the mailman, but Pippen, Jordan, and Rodman sure did. LOL

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:36 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Karl Malone has done some good with his life.  He paid of a families mortgage who were about to be evicted due to foreclosure, He also has made many charitable donations, made friends with a cancer stricken boy and cried like a baby when the child died.  He also has shunned his own child from when he got a girl pregnant while he was a teenager.  Is he perfect? No, Is he human? Yes. Does he make a fool of himself as what seems a lot more than others? Yes.  Is Malone passionate about what he believes in?  Yes. 
But overall, he human and will still make mistakes, Just like Greg Miller, who has the passion of his Dad, the late Larry Miller.  Nut Gregg needs to control his emotions and maybe go work for a week as a regular employee at McD's to get a taste of reality of how the other 97% of the human race lives, without all the millions of dollars he has just inheirted from the death of a classy man, Larry H. Miller.  Greg and Karl, kiss and make up, get the apologies going.  The Jazz would not be the franchise they are with out the key players of Stockton to Malone, Jerry Sloan and Larry H. Miller.   

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:33 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.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:10 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

One other thing I have gotten form reading these posts. not a single person has anything good to say about Karl Malone, the man. Everyone, including me says he was a great player, but any comments about anyone meeting him outside the court are negative ones. Apparently the guy is a jerk. if he was not then there would be atleast a few posts about his charity work or public speaking at schools or something. Instead we get stories of him not supporting an illegitimate child and talking down to, well everyone. The guy created a personna for himself and though it probably did serve him well as a tough guy on the court, it does nto serve him at all in public or in eryday life, which Karl, you are now  part of.

Karl you are still a young man with probably at least 40 years to live. It will be much better if you decide to live in it, instead looking for something to rail against it to stay in the news...

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:02 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

For the guy that thinks that Karl is doing this for the money....doesn't know a thing about Karl. 
Correct. if he knew Karl he would know he is doing it because he is an egocentric, delusional, glory hound who still thinks because he can walk around Salt Lake City and do what he wants that he has any leverage whatsoever in someone elses business. As for his car dealerships, someone else runs them for the very reason the owner of the Jazz points out. He already ran several businesses into the ground with his knee jerk reactions and decisions. The dealerships are his in name only, as with most athletes.

Onr thing is true though, he doesn't need the money. He was a great player and was paid a lot of money by the guy who he is runnning into the ground and then asking for a job from, and he did have an agent company that made sure he could not squander all of it, and would have plenty to live like a king for the rest of his life.

Here is a question for all the Karl Malone fans, which as a player I certainly was, if he was such a good candidate to become a coach, then why didn't Jerry Sloan, who's aid he so quickly came to, ever hire him. Because jerry knows what Miller finally put out there. Karl Malone is unstable, and the NBA is a business. One that Miller and his family depend on being successful and can't afford a loose cannon screwing it up.

Jerry had his reasons for leaving, and i trust the Williams thing was just the final straw and not such a big deal that it was the maion cause. Karl should have at least spoken to Jerry, and probably Miller too before spouting off to any that would listen. I am sure he has both their numbers on speed dial. Of course perhaps hearing the sound of his own voice in a microphone again was all that he really wanted...... 

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:32 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

"unreliable," "unstable"

He is the mailman, what do you expect? 

That one is funny enough to even make an old sour puss like Jerry Sloan laugh! - 5 stars for that line!

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:11 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

For the guy that thinks that Karl is doing this for the money....doesn't know a thing about Karl.  He is the owner of a very successful car dealership in Utah, and it's one of many.  He has enough money, he's doing this because he speaks his mind.  It's really refreshing if you ask me.  And if the Jazz and Jerry would come out and say what happened with D-Will then it wouldn't be speculation.  They don't have to, it is their perogative, but because they don't....things like this come up.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:07 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Miller acts just like a rich spoiled BRAT that never had to earn ANYTHING in his life.....

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