Former Houston Rockets player Vernon Maxwell said Jazz fans would use racial slurs.
You farm animals from Utah like to say y’all livin rent free in my head & it’s true. Each time I played there for 13 seasons I was insulted, called racial slurs, got spat on. Threaten my kids lives. So yea rent free. It’s the worst place in the world to play at. #TakeNote 🖕🏿 https://t.co/tm7QjsZeuo
— Vernon Maxwell (@VernonMaxwell11) February 26, 2021
Maxwell also said Jazz fans would spit on him and threaten his kids’ lives. He said Utah was the worst place to play in the NBA.
This isn’t the only attack on the Jazz, though. Former Jazz player Elijah Millsap recently came out and said the executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey used racial slurs against him.
Almost 6yrs ago. On April 16, 2015, D. Lindsey made bigot remarks in my exit interview while conversing with Q. Snyder “if u say one more word, I’ll cut your Black ass and send you back to Louisiana”.
— Elijah (@Elijah_Millsap) February 25, 2021
Millsap most recently played for the Jazz in the 2015-16 season. He hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season.
These two instances with the Jazz aren’t the only two cases of racism in the NBA. In 2019, DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors center at the time, said he experienced racism from fans.
“Oh, I’ve been called n—–,” Cousins told Yahoo! Sports. “And it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook], and he was still fined for it.”