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Kings’ owners send attorney to reporter’s home in attempt to obtain evidence of Phil Jackson’s comments

Apr 29, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT


UPDATE: May 5, 4:30 p.m.: Well, this is interesting. The original article was amended the evening of May 3, and it turns out that the attorney didn’t show up to the reporter’s home unannounced, as was originally stated. The reporter had made an appointment with the attorney to meet at her home, but left this fairly important detail out of the original story. The revised quote now reads:

Jessica Mackaness, an attorney representing Joe and Gavin Maloof, had an appointment at my house to get a tape of Jackson making a comment about the Kings’ efforts to relocate.

Obviously, that changes things quite a bit, and it’s a shame this wasn’t disclosed in the initial report.


As the saga of the Sacramento Kings’ possible relocation to Anaheim continues, the team’s ownership is beginning to look more and more desperate in their attempts to keep that possibility alive. Their latest move was certainly that.

Janis Carr, a reporter for The Orange County Register, received an unexpected visitor at her home on Friday. It was an attorney representing the Maloofs, who hoped to recover an audio tape of Lakers head coach Phil Jackson’s comments that she had recorded prior to Game 2 of L.A.’s first round playoff series versus the Hornets.

Jessica Mackaness, an attorney representing Joe and Gavin Maloof, showed up at my house to try to persuade me to give her a tape of Jackson making a comment about the Kings’ efforts to relocate.

Mackaness said the Kings’ owners planned to turn over the tape to the NBA and Lakers in an effort to stop Jackson from making further comments.

However, the Register declined to turn over the tape. As a matter of policy, the Register does not release unpublished material gathered in the reporting of stories.

There’s a lot wrong, here. Let’s start with the fact that it’s completely ridiculous to send an attorney to a reporter’s home looking for audio from a pregame media session with an NBA head coach. I’m not positive, but it’s highly likely that a low-key phone call from someone on the Kings’ PR staff to any of the large number of reporters who cover Lakers games could have gotten the Maloofs that audio clip, and done so much more discretely.

But sending an attorney to someone’s home, unannounced? That basically guarantees you’re not getting what you’re looking for without a search warrant. It’s unnecessarily intimidating, and anyone put in that situation would obviously contact their employer (and possibly their own attorney) to make sure they follow every policy and procedure exactly.

Then there’s the issue of Jackson’s comments. All the league could do is warn him that if he speaks on the issue in the future that they will fine him. But let’s be clear: there’s no way to actually stop Jackson from speaking on this, or any other league-wide issue of his choosing. If he wants to pay the fines, he can say just about anything he likes.

It’s quite possible that the Maloofs knew that this tactic wouldn’t get them a copy of that recording, and maybe they were just looking for some press to let the league know they don’t appreciate Jackson’s siding with the city of Sacramento on this issue. If that’s the case, mission accomplished, guys. But you’ve also completely embarrassed yourselves in the process.

  1. wfon1 - Apr 29, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    ok,…… so what were the comments that Phil Jackson made?

    • digitalpoo - Apr 29, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      No kidding.

  2. SmackSaw - Apr 29, 2011 at 8:55 PM


    As it states in the linked story

    Jackson said: “Oh, man. I think it’s the same thing with the Maloofs in Sacramento, a similar situation there. I can see where the league had to step in and monitor that. It’s unfortunate for our fans here. Hopefully, the Dodgers will recover.”

  3. sknut - Apr 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    the maloofs are a bunch of jackwagons!

  4. ep916 - Apr 30, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    come the f**k onnnnnnnnnn maloooooooofs we got u a lil cheese and if u go harrd @ puttin a winning product on the floor @ power balance pavillion me &alot of other king$ fans will gladly go to games..soooooooooooooooooit looks like ur here 4 a min let keep with the good wrk on gettin a competitive product on the floor and we’ll support and im a fan frm the 916 tht going to put more effort to support b-cuz on a mature standpoint we dnt hav much so we need to realize tht we as a community need to support the King$no matter what in an effort to get them to stay and if they do we need to support them and put prssure thru support and orginazation to get them to stay and put and keep a good product on the floor …………………….lets Rock kings fans Ep 916

    • denverhoopdreams - Apr 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      So… I can definitely see why the Maloofs want to move to Anaheim here…

      still don’t support it, but I can see it.

  5. davidly - Apr 30, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    What Jackson actually said, regarding the elder Maloof, was, “I installed two-way mirrors in his pad in Brentwood, and he come to the door in a dress.”

    Perhaps they’re concerned with the evidential appearance (a residence in the area) of their having planned this move all along? I think this calls for the investigative work of a certain private-dick who goes by the name of Skibby MaRue!

  6. steelyres211 - Apr 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    That doesn’t mean he was a homo, Miller!

    • davidly - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Just saw this. Haa !-D

  7. fouldwimmerlaik - May 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    If Phil doesn’t want you to find it, you won’t find it. He is that wonderful.

  8. lewispatricia - May 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Hardly “unexpected.” Janice Carr, the reporter, is acquaintances with the Maloofs’ PR consultant who was looking for the tape of Phil Jackson’s statement to hand over to the NBA and the Lakers. Carr said she would be willing to give a copy to the Maloofs and thus scheduled a meeting with the local attorney who lived close by. The original meeting was to occur half-way between Brea and Long Beach, but Carr rescheduled and asked the attorney if she could come to her home since it would be more convenient. Upon arrival, Carr stated that she could not hand over the tape because of certain newspaper privileges and the attorney thanked her for her time and left. Within an hour, the audio was on the internet and the Lakers and the NBA had what they needed to get Phil Jackson to apologize and to assess a fine against him, the original purpose of the undertaking.

  9. lewispatricia - May 3, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    The reporter has admitted that she misrepresented the attorney’s arrival at her home. She has amended the article to reflect this: This article should be amended as well.

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