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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: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:31 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Karl Malone threw his own "Fan Appreciation Day" in which he showed off his motorcycles and spent 3 hours basking in his own glory. The Newspapers never mentioned when he walked across the Delta Center yelling at kids not to crowd him. Not sure, but I think he ran out of breath during the walk.. apparently Mr. Malone had this thing about choking in the Delta Center

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:27 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

'(and my mom)' I don't know why that was funny, but i couldn't stop laughing when i read that. To sum this up for everyone that wasted time by reading, Karl Malone gone do, what Karl Malone wanna do!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:58 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

These are comments made in haste that will be regretted later. Nothing to win in an online debate and airing of dirty laundry. Even if you win, you lose.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:51 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post


You have to admit Miller has a point here.  Karl Malone turned his back on the franchise in 2003 when he decided to join the arch enemy Lakers.  He became a HOF player with the Jazz and snubbed them for selfish reasons to jump on the back of Shaq and Kobe in ordetr to win that elusive championships.  Fortunately, he was not able to loaf a title out of that experience.  John Stockton was a true Jazz who stayed in Utah through his entire career unlike this biker wannabe who jumped ship when  things got dicey.  Malone is one of the greatest players of all time, but he has no business being on the Jazz coaching staff.  He has nothing to offer anymore to offset his antics as Miller touched upon. 

Karl Malone in a Lakers uniform is as disgusting of a site as seeing Favre in a Vikings uniform.  There are some things that are just categorically wrong and Malone's decision to bail on the Jazz towards the tail end of his career was wrong.  If he loved Jerry Sloan so much like he claims, you would have thought he wanted to end his career as a member of the Jazz and as a member of a Jerry Sloan coached team.  Malone is nothing but a fraud as a human being. 

BTW, I love your nickname.  Brees is the only QB in the NFL that I like. 

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:49 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

How does he "baskes" Karl Malone, as is the headline when you hover over the NBA tab.

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:30 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:13 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Not sleet, nor snow or even rain could stop the Mailman!!!  Greg Miller cannot either.  Would love a confrontation, and to see Karl destroy that Weasly Coward!! 

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