Journo under fire after announcing investigation into Utah Jazz coach’s donation to black GOP candidate

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A Salt Lake Tribune journalist who covers the Utah Jazz NBA team is facing relentless backlash for publishing a report about Jazz head coach Quin Snyder donating money to a black Republican congressional candidate twice.

In his report, journalist Andy Larsen expressed confusion over two $500 donations that Synder has made to the campaign of black congressional candidate Burgess Owens.

“Utah Jazz’s Quin Snyder donated to Burgess Owens, who has criticized the NBA and Black Lives Matter,” the title of the piece reads.


Both the title of the piece and the way in which Larsen summarized it on Twitter led to a flurry of accusations that he was making an issue out of the donations solely because of Owens’ status as a Republican — a black Republican, to boot.

The accusations and criticism came from far and wide, with prominent conservative Dan Bongino venturing to accuse Larsen of being a male “Karen.”

Owens responded as well.



In dozens and dozens of defensive tweets, Larsen claimed in response that he hadn’t been trying to smear Snyder for donating to Owens but rather just pointing out the strangeness of it given the coach’s past statements.

To be fair to Larsen, his actual piece does echo this claim.

“The donations are likely to surprise some given the public stances of the two men. Snyder has been vocal about his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and sits on the NBA coaches committee on racial injustice and reform. He kneeled with his team during the national anthem and supported the Jazz as it joined other teams in protest games in the wake of Jacob Blake’s police shooting,” the piece reads.

“Owens has criticized those stances. He’s called Black Lives Matter a ‘Marxist organization,’ and told Fox News that ‘We need to fight for our country against these Marxists and these bullies and cowards that are destroying everything they touch.'”

Perhaps Snyder’s private political views don’t reflect the views that he’s forced to espouse while speaking to the public as the Utah Jazz’s head coach?

Either way, should it really be anyone’s business? According to Larsen, it doesn’t really matter because his paper was specifically asked by a reader to investigate the donations, and so he did his job and investigations the donations:

But the “excuse” didn’t work for some critics.


Because there’s no way to confirm the veracity of Larsen’s claim, it’s not possible to render an accurate judgment on his motivations for writing the piece.

What is abundantly clear though is how his piece has provoked white liberals into using his findings to further display their abject racism to the world.

Take for instance this supportive reply to Larsen:

Now watch how Hann, a white liberal, reacted when Owens called him out for smearing him, a black conservative, as a “perpetrator” of so-called “white supremacy.”


Burgess posted his tweet at 9:53 pm EST, while Hann wrote his at 10:41 pm EST. This strongly suggests that Hann posted his tweet as a response to Owens. Yet he didn’t tag Owens in his response, almost as if he was ignoring Owens’ very existence …

And all as he was busy accusing Owens, a black man, of “perpetrating white supremacy.”

The irony was rich — and perhaps racist as well:

Some also noticed how Hann’s attitude perfectly mirrored that of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, who said recently that black people who don’t vote for him in the upcoming November race “ain’t black.”



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