티 모란 트, Ja의 아버지, 말했다 ESPN he and his wife were subjected to racist taunts during Game 2 Jazz와 Grizzlies 사이 시리즈의. 그는 팬들이 갔다고 말했다 “도저히” 한때 그에게 말했다 “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, 통하다 솔트 레이크 트리뷴. “What you’re saying about Ja’s mother and father, you’re saying to my mother and father, (Derrick Favors’) mother and father. 알 잖아, 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.
“나는 그렇게 생각하지 않는다. 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,” 그는 덧붙였다.
“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. 그는 평균 26.4 포인트들, 4.4 리바운드 및 5.2 assists during the regular season. Mitchell missed Game 1 and played in Game 2. 그는 득점했다 25 points and grabbed two rebounds.
경기 3 is Saturday at 9:30 오후. ET in Memphis.