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Utah Jazz: Assistant Sidney Lowe arrested for income tax evasion

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Tribune file photo Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe talks to guard Jamaal Tinsley during a game in October in Salt Lake City.

By steve luhm

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Feb 18 2013 11:50AM
Updated Feb 20, 2013 11:31AM

Utah Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe was arrested and charged Monday with three misdemeanors for willful failure to pay his North Carolina state income tax.

Lowe, 53, owns a home in Wake Forest, N.C., He did not file a state tax return in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to North Carolina’s Department of Revenue.

Lowe was booked into Wake County jail but later released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, according to a statement released by the agency.

He is scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on March 19.

Lowe did not attend the Jazz’s practice on Monday night — their first after the All-Star break.

According to head coach Tyrone Corbin, Lowe will be in Utah on Tuesday for the Jazz’s morning shootaround and their game against Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena.

Corbin has spoken with Lowe but declined further comment on the situation.

"It’s a personal matter," Corbin said. "We’ll deal with it. [Lowe] will make a statement at some point but it’s a personal matter. ... Things happen. You deal with it."

Like Corbin, center Al Jefferson didn’t think the situation will impact the Jazz, whose game against Golden State is one with major playoff implications.

"That’s a personal matter with him," Jefferson said. "Coach is a great guy, man. I don’t know the story about it. ... But he’ll take care of it.

Mo Williams agreed.

"Throughout the course of the season, there’s going to be distractions, whether they’re good or bad," he said. "But at the end of the day we’ve got a job to do.

"When Sidney handles his business, he’ll be back and he’ll have to do a job. I don’t think that’s something that we talk about as a team. ... We just carry on with our job. That’s what we’re here to do."

Lowe played at North Carolina State from 1979-83. He spent five seasons as the Wolfpack’s head coach from 2006-11. He joined Corbin’s staff prior to the 2011-12 season.

During Lowe’s coaching tenure at N.C. State, he had an 86-78 overall record, but just 25-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

As a player, Lowe was one of the most beloved figures in program history. He played on the 1983 national championship team, which upset Houston in the final game and was coached by the late Jim Valvano.

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