In a premature bid to capitalize on the popularity of Burke, the prize of the Jazz's draft night, jerseys featuring the national college player of the year's name were for sale Monday at Fanzz stores throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Burke, who wore No. 3 at Michigan and in high school, has publicly expressed a desire to wear the number with the Jazz.
Carroll, who is a free agent, owns the number until he chooses a new one or signs with a different team.
But there has been no indication Carroll is willing to give it up. Of course, everything has a price. According to a New York Times story from 2005, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman John Kruk in 1991 sold No. 28 to pitcher Mitch Williams for two cases of beer. New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles once sold No. 10 to Eli Manning for a Florida vacation and, later, sold No. 17 to Plaxico Burress in exchange for a new outdoor kitchen.
The gaffe was first reported by UtahJazzNation on Twitter. Fanzz store at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City had not yet displayed the jerseys, but according to multiple reports on Twitter the jerseys could be found in both blue and white at Fashion Place Mall and South Towne Center.
Realizing the error, Fanzz employees were alerted by 8 p.m. to pull the jerseys from the shelves and stop selling them.
Burke said this week that if he could not obtain No. 3, he would like to wear 1, 8 or 13. However, 1 is retired for former coach Frank Layden and with No. 8 Burke encounters the same problem: It currently belongs to free agent Randy Foye. If Foye or Carroll does not re-sign with the Jazz, Burke could, of course, claim his number.
Assistant Trainer Brian Zettler tweeted that Burke will wear No. 33 at the Orlando Summer League.
Carroll, for his part, was none too pleased with the mistake. He tweeted, "SMD They trying to give my jersey number away already?! Take the a arm and leg to put in stores for my Fans. SMD"
"SMD" is one of Carroll's trademarks on Twitter. It stands for "Shake my dreads," a play on the popular web acronym "SMH" which means "shake my head" and is typically used to express dismay.