Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says he is ready to move on after a Sun-Times story reporting a "rift" between the team and former MVP Derrick Rose angered him to the point of releasing an official statement on Thursday.
"The article infuriated me," Reinsdorf said on WSCR-AM Sunday morning. "I put out a statement and said what I felt I had to say."
After Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley wrote about growing tensions between Rose and the rest of the Bulls organization, Reinsdorf went on to call the report "irresponsible" and "pure malicious fiction."
“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive,” Reinsdorf wrote. “I've got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”
Rose later went on to clarify that there are no bad feelings between the two sides in an interview with ESPN.
"Derrick backed up what I said in his interview," Reinsdorf said. "Now we just move on."