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Reggie Miller Brings Logic Into Pippen Racism Accusations: ‘That, I Don’t Roll With’

Scottie Pippen held nothing back once again the other day, this time firing a major shot at his former head coach Phil Jackson. And now one of Pippen’s former NBA contemporaries has vehemently disagreed with his claims. 

Reggie Miller never played for the Chicago Bulls, but he responded to Pippen’s implication that Jackson decided to give Kukoc the final shot of a game because of his race.

“No, no,” Miller said on Monday’s episode of the Dan Patrick Show. “See, I don’t agree with that. No, no, no, no. There’s plenty of times I’ve been a decoy on the Pacers team. There’s just times when that has to be the case because everyone assumes and knows the ball’s going to go to you. And sometimes, you have to be a decoy. The whole racial point, no, absolutely not. That, I don’t roll with.”

SportsCasting.com reports that Miller made strong points, and he may be right that Jackson’s decision was not a racial move, but it’s hard to know for sure because Miller wasn’t in that locker room with the Bulls.

The article states there could be things about Jackson no one knows and that could have gone unreported, but it is also possible Pippen is still upset he didn’t get the last shot.

Jackson or another former Bull could help clear the air, and it would be helpful to hear another insider’s perspective. Unfortunately, we may never get one.

Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. “[A]nd he may be right that Jackson’s decision was not a racial move, but it’s hard to know for sure because Miller wasn’t in that locker room with the Bulls.”

    Is this a joke? We’re just going to lump in that racism might be the reason because, 27 years later, without any proof, and with a clear history of being upset about not getting the last shot, Pippen says so. Instead of asking for a shred of evidence beyond a bald accusation. What a world.

  2. Megan, you give too much deference to outright bull shit accusations. There is no way in hell Phil Jackson is a racist. The dude played in the NBA and coached forever, all the while surrounded by black players. If Jackson had an ounce of racism it would have surfaced before this. Lame.

  3. Someone needs to impress upon Pippen that dropping the R-word (racist) on somebody is every bit as disgusting and damaging as dropping the N-word on someone else. Maybe more so, considering what it can do to a person’s reputation.

  4. The writer of this article is embarrassing. Hey, in 27 years since Pippen went all crybaby, no one, not even Pippen has accused Jackson of being a racist. Not Kobe, Jordan, Shaq. So your “we’ll never know cause we weren’t in the locker room” is dubious yellow “journalism”. Nope, he got angry all over again because of The Last Dance doc and decided to join the whole “every white person is racist” and every decision is meant to hold the black man down. You do your job and present evidence or keep your accusatory non judgemental opinion to yourself

  5. Damn, I’m angry at this tripe. FYI, the race baiting network just did a whole multi part documentary on the Jordan led Bulls…not even ESPN trotted out any accusations or evidence of racism. As for Pippen…his evidence was zip. None. Tiresome.

  6. It may be right that Megan Turner or David Wysong of Sportscasting.com did not cheat on their college exams, but then there was nobody in the classroom to prove that they didn’t. By the same token, it may be right that I didn’t mutter a homophobic slur at an neighbor during a 1988 pick up game, but then then there was nobody around to hear it. If someone claimed otherwise years or decades later, it should always be dismissed outright.

    Such kind of back handed accusations is what you expect from hack journalists and sleazy politicians.

  7. There are videos out there breaking down this play that show multiple times earlier in the season where Kukoc was the man to take the last shot. He was a better shooter than Scottie. There are like 10 more believable explanations for that play besides being racially motivated.

  8. Reggie is injecting reason into a poisoned situation. Thanks Reggie. Poor Scottie Tissue. It has to be a miserable life being the victim, everyday all day. As we used to say as kids, “get over it”.

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