In the wake of Mark Jackson being fired from the Golden State Warriors, numerous anti-Jackson stories have been published, highlighting his disagreements with management and creating a dysfunctional environment.
Another one of those tales came out on Friday, this one painting Jackson as homophobic. SFBay.ca has the story, and although their site appears to be down at the moment, here’s the cached link to the article.
It goes back to before the 2013-2014 season, when Jason Collins became the first pro athlete in a major American sport to come out as gay. He was a free agent at the time, and didn’t sign with a team until midway through the season. It just so happened that the Warriors were in need of some depth down low, and during a meeting with the press, Jackson was reportedly asked if Collins was an option.
His reply, according to SFBay.ca, was a terse, “Not in my locker room.”
Jackson, for his part, tweeted what seemed to be a denial to the report:
My boy JVG told me that folks would lie on u to Justify their actions!!! Oh how he was right!!! Put names to it!!! #Praying4U
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) May 31, 2014
It’s strange that the report indicates Jackson made those comments in front of a bunch of reporters, yet it took nearly four months for it to come out. The timing also seems suspicious; there was a lot of backlash over the firing of Jackson and all of these “reports” back up the role of the Warriors’ management.
But it certainly wouldn’t be a shock. Jackson is a devout Christian, and made some other comments in the past about Collins that drew a lot of controversy.