Here is the text of a statement made by former coach Jerry Sloan, through the Jazz, on Saturday.
The statement was first reported on the Twitter account of Yahoo! Sports, by columnist Marc Spears. As of Saturday early afternoon, it appears no other media outlet received the statement.
“I would like to set the record straight regarding my retirement from the Utah Jazz. I had the unwavering support of the Miller
family during my 23 seasons as head coach with the franchise and I left on my own volition. It is not true that the Millers undermined my authority as head coach. I had their complete backing to run the team as I wished and was assured that no player could ever overrule my decisions. The Millers encouraged me to stay with the team and gave me multiple opportunities to do so. They felt strongly that I should wait at least until the end of the season to resign and did everything they could to keep me coaching. I do not wish to make any further statements regarding this issue. It is time for me and my family to move on and I ask that the media respect my wishes and respect the integrity of the Miller family and all that they have done for the Utah Jazz and this community.”
Sloan resigned a year ago this month, following a dispute with Deron Williams.
Both Sloan and Williams insisted their run-in had nothing to do with Sloan’s resignation. Days later, the All-Star point guard was traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and a pair of draft picks.
In an interview with a local radio station shortly after Sloan’s resignation, Williams said: “We had a disagreement … I would never force coach Sloan out of Utah. He’s meant more to this town, more to this organization than I have by far. I would have asked out of Utah first.”