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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: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:56 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Since the lpaya Malone retired do the Jazz still operate in the NBA.  I had no idea.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:35 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Both parties are handling this poorly, but I'm siding with Malone on this one.

Any ex-Jazz player (and especially one of Malone's stature) has every right to criticize the rapid-fire departures of their head coach, followed just a few weeks later by their best player. And Miller's protestations that he begged Sloan to stay don't pass the smell test. If Miller really valued Sloan over Deron Williams and he knew that these two couldn't co-exist, then he would have moved Williams much eariler. That he didn't do this can only mean one of two things: either he's lying or he had no idea that his team was self-destructing.

So now, instead of taking the high road like an owner/CEO should, Miller instead takes the low road (aka Dan Gilbert Way) and blasts the best (or co-best, with Stockton) player in Jazz history and - oh yeah - a man who helped make your family rich in the process.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:11 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

I cant wait for the Karl Malone Rap album to drop

"I need Money"

Its gonna be hawt Sonnn im telllllling ya!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:10 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Hard to defend a 1000+ word rant. That's Dan Gilbert-esque. Then again I'm only in my early twenties and I'm not a Jazz fan, so my perspective on Malone is lacking. I will say I disagree with the one poster who bashed him for joining the Lakers. Can't knock a guy for trying to win a ring. The Lakers should have won it all that year.

One more thing, I automatically skip posts when I see lame signatures like "one man's opinion" at the end.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:49 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Dude, you hit the nail on the head. EVERYONE thinks they are an Internet Gangsta these days....its ridiculous.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:08 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

'Only a dick?' Is that it? Did you forget the rest? What does that mean? And thank goodness he's a Republican.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:30 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Only a dick?  He's a Republican, too. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:23 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

While I have nothing but respect for Karl Malone the player, I've never been much of a fan of his... That being said, what would you expect Malone to do when it comes to Sloan? He was his coach for most if not all of his time for Jazz... Of course he will support him and be angry at the Jazz for the end of Sloan's tenure... I'm not saying he right, but I would expect nothing less...

One thing I will say is that Malone is 100% right with his summation of people today... Twitter, etc have made everyone a tough guy.. Posting and tweeting things they would never say to a person's face... This is just the internet tough guy society that we live in today...

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:16 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

I met Malone once and I was surprised to find out he was a dick because I had thought he was a stand up guy (later found out about his illegitimate daughter that everyone noew knows about, but that's another story..). 

But even if he is a dick you just can't get into this type of spat with one of the 3 greatest players to ever wear a Jazz uniform (and the greatest since they moved to Salt Lake). You won't win this one. The toughest thing to do in life is to not respond in public when your attacked in public, but that's why you get paid the big bucks, sometimes you just got to let this type of thing slide. 

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:59 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Well if Jordan can switch teams than anybody can.  

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