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Report: Mark Jackson made anti-gay comments about Warriors president, Jason Collins while coaching Golden State

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 28: ESPN Announcer, Mark Jackson looks on before the game between the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 28, 2021 at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Warriors owner Joe Lacob said former Golden State coach Mark Jackson “couldn’t get along with anybody else in the organization.”

Just how divisive was Jackson, whom Golden State fired in 2014?

Ethan Sherwood Strauss:

Jackson alienating other members of the organization – even an injured Festus Ezeli – has been explored. Religion was a throughline in the divide between Jackson and some in the franchise (though faith also united Jackson and some players).

The anti-gay comments are new territory publicly.

That’s not the right way to treat people, period. In a workplace, there are particular issues with talking that way.

For what it’s worth, Rick Welts credited Jackson last year with helping to change the Warriors’ culture. Jackson – who coached Golden State to its first consecutive playoffs in more than 20 years – was instrumental in getting the team onto a new course, especially defensively.

But Jackson’s successor, Steve Kerr, immediately elevated the Warriors into a dynasty and by doing so retroactively cast a negative light onto Jackson’s tenure. Likewise, Jackson’s own behavior on the job has aged poorly.

People can change. Jackson – who’s currently a color commentator for ESPN/ABC – shouldn’t be banished from society.

But entrusting him to coach another team, to unite a roster, to represent a team publicly, to meet a billion-dollar company’s HR standards (even as loosely as they’re applied to multi-million-dollar-salaried employees)? A clearer picture is emerging of why Jackson hasn’t landed another coaching job since Golden State fired him.