Sidney Lowe’s attorney issues official statement

In the wake of assistant coach Sidney Lowe’s arrest Monday on charges he failed to pay North Carolina income taxes, Utah Jazz officials have continued to offer support for the 53-year-old former NBA and college head coach.

On Tuesday, Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin said Lowe’s duties with the team would not change.

“Absolutely the same,” Corbin said.

Lowe is alleged to have failed to file tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was arrested Monday in North Carolina and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

He was on the bench for Tuesday’s victory over Golden State.

On Wednesday, Lowe’s attorney, Lee Turner, e-mailed the Standard-Examiner a statement on Lowe’s behalf: “I would like to apologize to the Utah Jazz organization and Jazz fans for the situation that was reported publicly yesterday.  This is a personal matter that I take very seriously.  I am working very hard to get the issue resolved in a timely manner and I am cooperating fully with all parties involved.”

The Jazz have not issued a statement, instead referring media to Turner. However, Corbin and a few players have spoken only long enough to say they support Lowe in what they call “a personal matter.”

“It’s a personal situation he’s got to deal with,” Corbin said. “We support him wholeheartedly. He understands and he’s taking responsibility for where he is.”

“It’s his thing,” Jazzman Gordon Hayward said. “We’re still professionals and, you know, we’re not going to worry about that.”

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About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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