When you think of the Utah Jazz, one player that definitely comes to mind is forward Karl Malone and you would assume that he would never have to pay for a ticket to a Jazz home game.
Back in 2011, Malone was denied tickets to a home game after head coach Jerry Sloan quit after having a spat with former Jazz player Deron Williams:
What happened to Sloan had festered inside Malone for long enough. In the immediate aftermath, he came to Utah to express concern, buying his own ticket to the next game at EnergySolutions Arena via a scalper because the Jazz had told him there were no tickets available for him, and spoke to reporters.
“On the whole handling of that, I would have to give [them] a D or F, and I would lean more toward an F,” said Malone, who has remained close to Sloan since his own retirement in 2004.
Later on, Malone commented that he felt Williams had too much power and that ultimately forced Sloan to quit:
“I know for a fact that [Sloan] was overridden on practices sometime on the road because Deron was calling our G.M. at that time,” Malone said. “ … You give a guy that much power, and he’s the kind of player you think he played hard all the time, but if he wanted to sulk he could sulk. … I never went to Larry [Miller] to talk about Coach Sloan. … It’s not one time, in my gut and heart, that I would go over his head.”
When reached for comment, Jazz owner Greg Miller had this comment via Twitter:
(Courtesy of The Salt-Lake Tribune)