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#pounditWednesday, September 30, 2020

Joe Ingles clarifies comments about playing again for Jazz

Joe Ingles is setting the record straight about some comments of his that went somewhat viral this week.

The Utah Jazz forward was quoted earlier in the week as saying that he was willing to “walk away” from the NBA to protect his family, the implication being that he might not play for the Jazz again this season, even if it were to resume. Ingles took to Twitter on Friday to clarify the remarks.

“For context, I said this over 2 months ago when we knew nothing about the virus & what it could do,” wrote Ingles. “I know the Jazz/NBA would only have us play if they were confident that everyone’s health has been put first. When it’s safe to go back and play, I will not let my teammates down!”

The 32-year-old Ingles, a major contributor for the No. 4-seeded Jazz, hails from Australia. For him to make those comments over two months ago is understandable given how adversely his team was affected at the time. It is also understandable that Ingles’ position may have changed since then now that more information has become available.

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