One business day before Turner was brought in, Hayes was fired, according to the lawsuit. Hayes was allegedly let go for terminating one staffer and suspending another without consulting the Human Resources department. Hayes said there was no policy against that.
The same day, Hayes sent an email to Shaw, Wilkinson, and one other person to express that his firing was retaliatory. Shaw emailed him back a week later and told him he should have complained in writing, that decisions about security have nothing to do with race, and that there was nothing she could do for him.
The biggest thing is the league gets better, Brase said. I just think it’s good that we’re getting people toward the baseball minor league system where you’re bringing guys up the way you want to bring them up. I think that’s important, too, for players to have some stability. If you’re in a certain situation and learning that system, and you get a chance at the NBA level, you’re comfortable.
Brase brought up Gary Payton II, who played for the Vipers last year, as a player who could have been retained on a two-way deal had he signed with the Rockets organization this summer instead of the last one.
We (would have been able) to keep him in the system, Brase said. Gary is a great system fit for us, the way he played.
Things we could see this summer? Gordon Hayward could leave Utah or Kyle Lowry could walk away from his best friend DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. We’ve already seen Chris Paul, who would have been the big fish on the market, engineer a trade to the Houston Rockets. Then we were blindsided when Paul George, who is not a free agent, was traded by the Pacers to join Westbrook in Oklahoma City.