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Jazz employee faces discipline for tweet

Published December 28, 2012 1:18 pm
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A Utah Jazz employee is in hot water for a message he posted to the team's official Twitter account in the wake of Brooklyn firing coach Avery Johnson.

"Phil Jackson won't go to Brooklyn," the tweet said. "He'll only go somewhere he can win a title. Not interested in good players, he wants great players."

Jackson, the former Chicago and Lakers coach, has been rumored as a possible successor to Johnson.

The Jazz released a statement Friday morning stating the employee, who was not identified, no longer has access to the Twitter account and that other internal disciplinary action is underway.

The tweet has since been removed.

In the statement the team said, "The Jazz does not comment on other NBA teams transactions and furthermore, does not condone any negative comments about players, coaches, or front office staff throughout the league. It is simply unprofessional and unacceptable."

A Nets blog, Nets Take Over, posted a screen shot of the tweet, and wondered if the comment was a shot at former Jazz point guard Deron Williams, now in Brooklyn. Williams publicly panned Johnson's offense last week when the Jazz were in Brooklyn, saying he was more comfortable in the Jazz system.

— Bill Oram




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