莫兰特, 贾的父亲, 告诉 ESPN he and his wife were subjected to racist taunts during Game 2 爵士队和灰熊队之间的系列赛. 他说粉丝去了 “无可奈何” 并在某一时刻告诉他 “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, 通过 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. 你懂, 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.
“我不这么认为. 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,” 他加了.
“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. 他平均 26.4 点数, 4.4 篮板和 5.2 assists during the regular season. Mitchell missed Game 1 and played in Game 2. He scored 25 points and grabbed two rebounds.
游戏 3 is Saturday at 9:30 下午. ET in Memphis.