Utah Jazz Ban Fan Who Had Heated, Racist Exchange With Russell Westbrook

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The Utah Jazz have issued another lifetime ban over an incident involving Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook - this time for an incident that occurred a year ago, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Jae Crowder had 18 for the Jazz in the win over the Timberwolves. In the locker room before Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets was the first time Westbrook had officially been available, but he declined to talk.

On Friday morning, a source informed the Deseret News that the Jazz have also permanently banned a second fan for degrading and offensive conduct against Westbrook that took place during the 2018 postseason.

What exactly happened is unclear, but some of Westbrook's peers in the National Basketball Association came to his defense Tuesday, saying fans who sit near players in many arenas now feel emboldened to say things that would be described as disrespectful or worse. Will told me he believes Morant's explosive first step and leaping ability should allow him to continue to rack up high free throw totals in the pros, but he might not be a big time scorer initially. At another, they serenaded George with "We don't miss you". Westbrook said after the game that it was an emotional reaction to Keisel telling him, "Get on your knees like you're used to", a comment Westbrook considered "completely disrespectful" and "racial". "You think I'm playing".

Sarks expressed disgust to The Salt Lake Tribune over the incident in which Westbrook was called "boy" and called for fans to be vigilant in reporting other incidents they may see or hear.

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Then apparently addressing the fan again, he said, "I promise you, everything I love".

However, threatening Keisel and his wife was not the best look for Westbrook, particularly because of the suggestion of violently striking a woman.

"I've gotten the N-word, all of that", Golden State Warrior Draymond Green said following an incident where a Baltimore Orioles player, Adam Jones, was called the N-word during a game in Boston in 2017. Keisel said the exchange "started off as fun" with him yelling at Westbrook to "ice those knees up!" "I was also disappointed that the people around the fan didn't speak up in the moment", Starks said, per the newspaper. To protect the NBA's image, players aren't supposed to fight back. "She was sitting down the entire time", Keisel said of his wife.

Deaton said he and his family have held season tickets to Jazz games since he was five years old, and that he's never "personally experienced racism or bigotry" like what was shown on Monday night. Later that night, Westbrook described fans in Utah as "truly disrespectful". The fan would be banned, and plans to sue Westbrook in retaliation.

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