The NBA said it was "unable to establish" whether Utah Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey used bigoted comments to forward Elijah Millsap in 2015. The NBA released a statement concluding its investigation on Monday.
The league says it interviewed both Lindsey and Millsap. It also reviewed "meeting notes of the exit interview and other pertinent information."
After doing so, the NBA could not confirm whether Lindsey made bigoted comments toward Millsap.
Elijah Millsap accuses Dennis Lindsey of bigoted comments
In February, Millsap accused Lindsey of making "bigot remarks" during Millsap's 2015 exit interview. Millsap said former Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was present when Lindsey said "if you say one more word, I’ll cut your Black ass and send you back to Louisiana."
Lindsey denied making those remarks. When asked about the situation, Snyder said he couldn't recall the conversation, but said he would be "shocked" if Lindsey made those comments. The Jazz reportedly encouraged the NBA to look into the situation.
Elijah Millsap did not expect investigation to go well
A day after making those accusations, Millsap said he didn't think the NBA's investigation would go well. Millsap said he thought the league would paint him as a villain. He added that he doesn't think Lindsey is racist, but that he stands by his accusation that Lindsey made those comments.
Lindsey was the team's general manager at the time of the alleged incident. He was promoted to his current role in 2019 and is still a member of the organization.
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