Jazz's Dennis Lindsey Denies Making Racist Comment to Elijah Millsap

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2021

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right, talks with Elijah Millsap during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Utah Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey denied making a racist comment in 2015 to former Jazz forward Elijah Millsap.

"I categorically deny making that statement," Lindsey told Sarah Todd of the Deseret News.

In a series of tweets posted Wednesday, Millsap alleged Lindsey said he would "cut [his] Black ass and send [him] back to Louisiana" in an exit interview that also included coach Quin Snyder. When asked about the allegations after Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Snyder said he did not remember the conversation.

"I can't fathom Dennis saying something like that," Snyder said.

Millsap, the brother of former Jazz forward Paul Millsap, played for the Jazz from 2014 to 2016. Jazz center Rudy Gobert said Millsap never mentioned the incident when they were teammates.

“There was never any conversations about that (back then),” Gobert said. “I’m just going to reach out to him and find out. Until we have more information it’s hard to tell, it was six years ago. That’s why this kind of stuff is tough to understand. Hopefully we get more information.”

Lindsey has been with the Jazz since 2012, first serving as general manager before being promoted in 2019.