Westbrook fined, Jazz fan banned for verbal altercation

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NBA: Russell Westbrook confirms racist taunts from Utah Jazz fan, video

This is not to say that every Utah fan is like this, but there are plenty that are, and this is an issue the National Basketball Association needs to address not only for now, but for future purposes.

But no matter what, it's unquestionable: This isn't a good look for anyone, fan or player.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, James defended Westbrook. Westbrook said the incident started when, "a young man and his wife in the stands told [him] 'to get down on my knees like you used to".

"I just think there's got to be something done", Westbrook said. "I promise you. On everything I love". We don't want to create a negative reputation for athletes who potentially may want to come to Utah. I think it's just inappropriate in a sense of there's no protection for the players. I join other players in calling for teams to take a stand.

The Cavaliers identified the fan, and at the time, indefinitely banned the individual from all events at Quicken Loans Arena for at least a year.

Over the coming months, I will work with the team, my teammates and the league to make our arenas and our communities more inclusive and welcoming. "That includes bans on hate speech and racism". "I'll f-- him up", Westbrook tells somebody closer to him, potentially a security guard, before turning his attention to the taunting Jazz fans. However, people on the internet captured some old, racist tweets from Keisel.

Westbrook then took time to clarify the language used towards Keisel's wife. Sources told ESPN that the Jazz gathered intelligence Monday that also verified Westbrook's version.

In a tweet from March 2018, the Utah Jazz fan said Westbrook "needs to go back where he came from" - and added a #MAGA hashtag.

Five Utah Jazz fans received "warning cards" that their comments, gestures and/or behaviors directed at players were in violation of the NBA Fan Code of Conduct but were able to return to their seats after their verbal altercation with Westbrook.

"For many years, I've done all the right things", he said.

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 98-89 on the road at Vivint Smart Home Arena completing the sweep against the Jazz this season.

Jazz star Donovan Mitchell even spoke out about the incident.

"Talking about the difference between playing at home compared to on the road during the series against the Jazz, Warriors forward Stephen Jackson said, 'Well, we're not hearing racial slurs, we're not hearing people wishing for me to go to jail".

Although the two have different stories, one thing that's certain is that negative comments were all over the internet, including some allegedly made by Keisel about Westbrook on his own accounts.

"Sometimes it nearly feels like a zoo", Gobert told ESPN.

That night, Westbrook slapped at a fan's cellphone as he walked to the tunnel following the Thunder's loss after scoring 46 points on 43 shots. Everything I love. I promise you.

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