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Trey Burke's season began with an apology Monday, after nude photos of the Utah Jazz point guard were leaked on the Internet and spread over social media.
"Publicly, I want to first and foremost apologize to my family [and] apologize to the Miller family, as well as my teammates," Burke told reporters, after addressing his teammates and Jazz officials earlier. "We already talked about it in the locker room. From this day forward, it won't happen again. They were old pictures. They were meant to be kept private but they weren't. So from this day forward my actions and my judgments will be much better."
The photos, which did not show the player's face, apparently surfaced online a few weeks ago but spread suddenly late Sunday night, leaving Burke and the Jazz with a social media drama for its Media Day.
In recent weeks, the leak of hundreds of nude celebrity photos, hacked and stolen from the Apple iCloud service, has caused an uproar and stoked conversation about the invasion of privacy in an electronic era.
But in Burke's case, the guard only apologized.
Asked about the issue, new Jazz coach Quin Snyder said, "We've handled that internally, and Trey's handled it with his teammates, and we've handled it as an organization, and we're moving forward."
General manager Dennis Lindsey, meanwhile, left room that action could be taken against the player in the future.
"We were made aware of the situation this morning," Lindsey said. "We've collected a lot of the facts. We still have a few things to collect and a couple of people to visit with. It's safe to say … that we are disappointed in what we've learned so far but we are going to move forward. At this point in time, we're collecting facts and we're going to reserve final judgment for a later date."
Burke, 21, was the team's first-round draft pick in 2013 and started 68 games as a rookie. He averaged 12.8 points and 5.7 assists a game.
Heading into his sophomore year, Jazz officials had repeatedly expressed a desire to see Burke take more of a leadership role with the team. On Monday, Lindsey was asked if the photos affected Burke's ability to do that.
"To couple both, I think, would be a little much at this point in time," he said. "Again, we still have a few more facts to find and some more research to do. I understand the timing of the question. It's certainly relevant. But we'll hold off on commenting about that right now."