Jazz issue lifetime ban to fan who called Westbrook ‘boy’ in 2018

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Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook said he was verbally provoked before directing a profanity-laced tirade at a fan during the Thunder's 98-89 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday in Salt Lake City. "I'll f-- him up", Westbrook tells somebody standing off camera". Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said the fan clearly crossed the "bold line" between heckling the opposing team and being disrespectful, while Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell issued a statement, taking a stand against hate speech. Players and coaches on both teams can hear you, and we expect all fans to respect them-as well as the game officials, arena employees, and other fans at the arena. But when disrespectful stuff happens like that it's gonna warrant a reaction.

With the regular season reaching it's conclusion shortly, catch as many Thunder games as you can, because Paul George is playing the best basketball in his career. He's even experienced fans trying to berate him with insults himself, including racially-charged remarks.

"It happens so often", Irving said after tallying a triple-double in Boston's 126-120 comeback victory over the Sacramento Kings. "You and your wife".

"They know he's going to react a little bit or might say something", Barton said. "There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect".

NBA Twitter discovered Keisel's Twitter account which had previously disparaged Westbrook and has made other racist statements in the past.

The video came to light as the Jazz were investigating the actions of a fan identified as Shane Keisel on Monday. That sentiment is shared by many fans out there.

Tonight wasn't the first time Russell Westbrook has had a heated exchange with fans in Utah.

"Oh yeah, a lot of racial slurs. Everything I love (n-word), I promise you".

What Westbrook said is true: there isn't protection for players from court side loud mouths. As would it have been interesting to get the viewpoints of Jaylen Brown, who was recently announced as one of the NBPA's Vice Presidents, and Gordon Hayward, who would be able to provide a unique perspective in the locker room as the only white player on the roster.

This is the second lifetime ban issued by the Utah Jazz organization this week.

It didn't take long for that warning to prove true.

The cards cited comments and gestures directed at players in violation of the NBA's code of conduct for fans. Come on up. But when you threaten a woman that's 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, you're a big man. When somebody says something insane like that, he's not just going insane out of nowhere.



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