Friday , Jan , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah fined $15,000 for inappropriate skit

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz were fined $15,000 by the NBA on
Friday for an inappropriate skit that took place during a first-quarter
timeout of Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

During the skit, which the league claimed “ridiculed opposing players,” Utah’s
mascot held a telephone conversation with a Karl Malone impersonator over the
public address system.

Malone, presently injured, spent the first 18 years of his career with the
Jazz before signing with the Lakers this offseason.

“Go tell Larry I want to come home,” said the Malone impersonator said,
referring to Jazz owner Larry Miller. “I don’t care if Stock (John Stockton)
ain’t there. I want to come home. They’re mean to me here. They don’t give me
the ball. They don’t like me. But I guess it could be worse. I could be Ko–.”

The mock call abruptly ended with the thinly-veiled reference to Kobe Bryant’s
pending sexual assault case.

Utah management sent a written apology to the Lakers organization on Thursday.