I've heard the phrase "not in my locker room" uttered by Mark Jackson before. Several times actually. It was when dysfunction was the popular word in the Warriors' world and Jackson was defending the assaults against his leadership.

The now infamous mantra was his declaration against the talk of dysfunction. Jackson prides himself on keeping a harmonious locker room. "Not in my locker room" was the cliché he created to underscore the chemistry of his group.

So, it was surprising to hear that phrase attributed very differently, according to a report late last week. The report was that Jackson said "not in my locker room" as a declaration, saying he wouldn't have an openly gay man in his locker room.

Golden State Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson looks on during their game against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of Game 4 of their
Golden State Warriors' head coach Mark Jackson looks on during their game against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) ( Jose Carlos Fajardo )

For the record: I wasn't there when it was allegedly said. If I heard it, Jackson would have been asked about it immediately, and his response would have been reported then. Which brings up a major question for me: Why now? Whoever was the source for the article, why not bring it up at the time? Such statement would be worthy of criticism and scrutiny -- and an explanation. Why leak it after he's gone?

I don't know what happened. I don't know if he said it or not. Every source I've asked about it said they don't see him saying it. I've been asking about the elephant in the room -- an evangelic coach with an openly gay president -- and have never found any issues based on that. So why now? If this is a smear campaign, it should stop.

This is getting so old, this back and forth between the Warriors and Jackson. I have no evidence outside of this report that the Warriors are putting this out. The behind-the-scenes blame shifting has long-since subsided. As it should.

The Warriors have a new coach. The Mark Jackson era is over. Even if it was true, what's the gain in leaking it? Any attacks at this point are counterproductive to whoever is attacking. And if the Warriors are (still) attacking, they look even more like the guilty party who won't quit until everyone's convinced they're innocent.

The pettiness, the back-stabbing, the name-calling and blame-shifting, all that should be done. Should have been done.

A couple people I have talked to said they would be really surprised if Jackson said that aloud. He was extra sensitive about offending the gay community, especially after his comments regarding Jason Collins were so negatively received.

(FYI: Immediately after Jackson made the "praying" comments, I asked him what he meant. He told me his "praying for them" comments were based on the family being able to handle the media storm they were about to endure. That explanation was repeated later. Sounds like, based on President Rick Welts comments, that's what Jackson told Welts when they talked about the comments. )

If he did say "not in my locker room" in regards to Collins, or even believed it, it doesn't matter. Such would have, and should have, cost him job. Guess what: he was already fired? So then is the point to smear his name such that he can't get another job? Yeah, that will sit well with the players you want to re-sign.

Either way, Jackson's alleged stance wouldn't have kept Collins from coming to the Warriors. If Jackson wanted to keep a gay player off his roster, he wouldn't have the power to do so.

Based on what we have learned about this relationship, who thinks at any point in the last six months Jackson had personnel input? If Bob Myers wanted Collins and Jackson said no, would that really stop Myers from signing him? During the playoffs, I had a brief chat with Myers and Collins. From the looks of their relationship, and the one we now Jackson had with Warriors management, my money's on Myers siding with Collins and signing him.

All of this is the kind of senseless drama the Warriors need to get away from. It was one of the reasons they said they had to part from Jackson. Kerr was supposed to bring harmony and peace.

So how about let harmony and peace reign.

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