Thunder television analyst Grant Long has resigned his position and will not return to Fox Sports Oklahoma for the 2014-15 season, the Thunder announced Monday.
Long held the position alongside color commentator Brian Davis since the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Earlier this month, KOKH-TV reported that Long had deep financial troubles and received a $5,000 loan from an Oklahoma City businessman, agreeing to pay back $6,000 in 45 days. According to the report, that money should have been paid last October, but as of early July it remained an outstanding debt.
In the report, Long confirmed that he did negotiate a handwritten agreement for a loan with Larry Rowell, a jewelry store owner, and was quoted as saying he would repay the debt.
“There is an agreement between Larry and I,” Long told Fox 25. “Without going into much detail, which I won't do, (I'll) just say that his loan will be satisfied. It's not like I'm running out of town on a deal that I left on the table.”
Rowell, according to the report, also claimed that Long promised to introduce Thunder players to the store, which offers high-end jewelry. Long denied that claim.
“I don't have any control over that, so I couldn't promise that because I couldn't deliver that,” Long was quoted as saying. “I've never made the promise that I would bring in any players or coaches or anybody.”
The report, citing court records, went on to detail how nine different business, including two local quick-cash companies, have filed lawsuits against Long since his loan from Rowell.
Earlier this year, Long filed for bankruptcy in federal court. His initial paperwork, according to Fox 25, listed only four creditors, which included two out-of-state casinos that Long said he owed more than $300,000.
When asked by Fox 25 about those debts, Long declined to discuss the matter.
“That's my personal business, and I won't go into that,” Long said.
The Thunder never responded to the report. In a brief statement Monday, the team announced it is now moving forward.
“The Thunder wishes Grant well and will immediately begin the search of finding his replacement,” the statement read.