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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 20, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:27 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Like Malone or not...quirks or not, you don't air out your dirty laundry on Twitter, etc. when you are an NBA CEO.  Talk about Busch league behavior that coaches would reprimand their own players for!  This idiot is single handedly running this team and his father's name into the ground with is infantile behavior and poor ego drivin decision making.  In a perfect world(probably Larry Miller's as well) Jerry Sloan would be the CEO and would demand everyone in his organization represent all the class, civility, and professional behavior that he has always exuded.  I loved Karl as a player, but personality wise he had definite weaknesses...but no matter the issue, you handle that stuff with class in-house, not on Twitter!

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:01 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

what that really means forkarl malone, is that he want to be an assistant coach it will not be with the utah jazz. rule no 1 about getting a job, dont insult the guy that makes the ultimate decision, in the newspapers.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:28 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

ok... we all know Malone and his 'quirks'.

I just have one proposed rule change for all professional sports leagues:

**Evey CEO/GM/Owner in any league is banned from Twitter/Facebook/and any form of blog**

1st Offense:  Firing Squad

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:01 am

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Let's not confuse being a great basketball player with being a great human being.  By the same token, just because you can run a multi-million dollar pro sports franchise doesn't make you the smartest guy in the room.  They are both acting like children, playing tit-for-tat.  This franchise is becoming a non-factor in the power rankings.  They need to regroup and build instead of pointing fingers, calling names, and telling tales out of school.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:35 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Answers a lot about Karl to me.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:34 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Hey man.....lay off the Polish people...we have enough problems without all this racial hatred towards us.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:31 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Can someone refresh my memory please. How many NBA championships does Karl Malone have?
Thank You

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:05 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Thanks for the education hollisterli, ya you are right about Isiah never playing for the Knicks, but that's about all you were right about. So what if Malone could not create his own shot but I would put his rebounding stats and scoring stats up against the round mound of rebound any time. I think you must be upset that Sir Charles numbers just don't add up.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:35 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Shows how much you know about basketball you moron!

Isiah Thomas never played with Charles Oakley or on the Knicks!!!

THomas was on a team called the Detroit Pistons coached by Chuck Daly R.I, P. Just to educate you..

Malone didnt have the talent of Sir Charles (ball handling, rebounding ability, ability to create own shot)..

John Stockton was the man who mad eht jazzsz goo...

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:22 pm

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Thats what got from it too polish. He probably makes enough mistakes himself that he has to account for, and has to fight off that "you got the team form your daddy" crap that people on here are trying to dish out, and when Malone completely fabricated a story wihout speaking to anyone involved, he took the opportunity to clear the air. I suppose he could have taken the high road and just sued him for liable. Malone was a good player, made to look like a great player by John Stockton and Jerry Sloan. If they can get past this then fine but if they can't it doesn't hurt the Jazz one bit. They never won anything so there will be no reunions. But I am guessing Karl doesn't need to worry about that job interview any time soon.

To the people who say what charitable things Malone did, I hope you believe them because eveyone needs to have hero's and good memories but guess what? All that is for the media and all these guysneed a tax writeoff. I have nto read a single non camera crew thing that any fan has said othe than he was a jerk when they tried to talk to them. I Malone passionate about what he believes? Yes he is because what he believes is that it is all about Karl, all the time. Anything less than all is disrespecting Karl. If you think back and remember the years instead of just the wins and stats, you know I am right.

Malone was a great player. 

Even with the Lakers he was a great player. He was willing to give up his points, and contributed in other ways. MORE assists and rebounds, still put down 12 pts per game as well. Reminds me of Wilt Chamberiline. Hey Wilt, said the, pundifs, you can't asitst. And then Wilt dished out over 10 a game, from the post. Disk  on Malone all you want, but he was a great palyer with the Lakers, unselfish, willing to do what neededt to be done to win.  


Karl MAlone was the heart and soul of the Jazz for eightenn years. He played his ass of. Tell me one person who workded harder the Karl Malone, just one. 2nd in all time points, and he could havce had the record if he would hace stayed with the Jazz. But he choose to move on and seek a champonship. 

No respect .....

You have no respect.  

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