Former Rockets player Vernon Maxwell says Jazz fans used racial slurs, threatened his kids’ lives and spat on him

Brendan O'Sullivan
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The Utah Jazz have come under fire recently regarding accusations of team officials and fans using racial slurs.

Former Houston Rockets player Vernon Maxwell said Jazz fans would use racial slurs.

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.

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.”

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Brendan has spent the past few years studying journalism at Quinnipiac University and will earn his master’s degree in sports journalism in spring 2022. He’s been the editor-in-chief and the Quinnipiac men’s basketball beat reporter for the Quinnipiac Chronicle, the student-run newspaper at the university.