Tee Morant, El padre de Ja, dijo ESPN he and his wife were subjected to racist taunts during Game 2 de la serie entre Jazz y Grizzlies. Dijo que los fanáticos fueron “más allá de las interrupciones” y le dije en un momento “I’ll put a nickel in your back and watch you dance, boy.”
The Jazz banned three fans after the incident and team owner Ryan Smith and Dwyane Wade, who took a stake in the team, apologized on social media.
Mitchell talked about his reaction when he heard of the incidents.
“It’s beyond unfortunate and it needs to change,” Mitchell said, vía The Salt Lake Tribune. “What you’re saying about Ja’s mother and father, you’re saying to my mother and father, (Derrick Favors’) mother and father. Sabes, it’s not like you’re speaking to the Grizzlies, you’re speaking to a Black man, a Black woman. We’re African-American men and women first. When you go out there and say something like that, that’s just terrible and ridiculous.”
Mitchell said he didn’t think the incidents would keep potential free agents from coming to Utah.
“I don’t think so. I think we as a team and what we stand for … we put our foot down on these incidents. Look at the team we have now: Jordan Clarkson decided to re-sign; [Derrick Favors] just came back,” él agregó.
“Let’s call a spade a spade. There is a rep that this happens solely here. As we’ve seen, there’s incidents that happen everywhere. But I don’t think it will necessarily have an impact on guys’ decisions or whether they want to come here or not.”
Mitchell is in his fourth season in the NBA. He averaged 26.4 puntos, 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists during the regular season. Mitchell missed Game 1 and played in Game 2. He scored 25 points and grabbed two rebounds.
Juego 3 is Saturday at 9:30 pm. ET in Memphis.