Elijah Millsap: Jazz's Dennis Lindsey Said 'I'll Cut Your Black Ass' in 2015

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IFebruary 25, 2021

Utah Jazz guard Elijah Millsap (13) drives around Boston Celtics guard Marcus Thornton (4) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Celtics won 99-90. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Former Utah Jazz guard Elijah Millsap said executive vice president Dennis Lindsey made bigoted remarks in Millsap's exit interview in 2015.

In a Twitter thread posted Wednesday night, Millsap relayed the incident, noting that current head coach Quin Snyder was present for the interaction.

Elijah @Elijah_Millsap

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”.

Lindsey was the team's general manager at the time.

"It's an honor to stand up for what is right in any capacity," Millsap wrote. "Hundreds of thousands of beautiful black lives massacred for Truth, Freedom, and Justice. Damn right it sticks with you, but with Truth it will never overtake me again."

Millsap, who played collegiately at Louisiana and UAB, appeared in 67 games across two seasons for the Jazz before he was waived in January 2016.

He moved on and began an international career, with stops in Israel and the Phillippines, before he rejoined the NBA in the G League. He was called up to the Phoenix Suns, where he appeared in two games. He moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves' G League affiliate and then played 11 games in the Spanish Liga ACB in 2018.


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