Russell Westbrook versus Jazz fan ignites ban, lawsuit and fine

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

"You think I'm playing?" "I'll f*ck you up. I'll f-k you up". "You and your wife", to the Jazz fans amongst other things. The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night's incident is not indicative of our fanbase. After the game, Westbrook had an opportunity to speak to the media about the situation where he expressed that he will no longer tolerate disrespect from the fans.

According to Reuters, Keisel has since set his social media accounts to private and has deleted numerous insensitive posts, including one from October in which he told Westbrook to "go back where he came from". 'We weren't expecting that. No one is held accountable for their actions except for us. I've never been in any trouble or fought a fan. I never will. Never been in any domestic violence before. "As much as I like to compete against Russ - and there's always a little trash talk between me and him - as a human being, I feel for him and I understand his reaction". Humble. I take all the criticism from everybody. "There's got to be some consequences for those types of people".

The Jazz said they were investigating the incident and confirmed the issuance of the warning cards.

Russell Westbrook accused a Utah Jazz fan of making "racial" and "inappropriate" comments to him after video surfaced of the Oklahoma City Thunder's all-star guard making profane threats toward the fan and his female companion.

Keisel told Salt Lake City's KSL-TV.

Raymond Felton, who did not play, sat near Westbrook on the bench.

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Westbrook had another testy interaction with Jazz fans in last year's playoffs when he slapped a fan's cell phone as he walked off the court.

"But once he said the comment, and his wife repeated the same thing as well".

"I sat on the baseline the other night when they played Utah and some things were coming out of the crowd that I was like 'Holy crap, it's insane, '" he said. And with these fans, man, it's truly disrespectful. "People pay money to watch us and feel like they can touch us or do whatever they want". I just think there's got to be something done.

I'm exhausted of going out and playing and letting the fans say whatever the hell they want to say. I'm not with that. "If I was on the street, they wouldn't just come up to me and say anything insane, because I don't play that (expletive)". The last thing the National Basketball Association wants is a video of one of the league's star players threatening to beat up fans. Westbrook scored back-to-back baskets as part of a 9-1 run that put the Thunder up 98-84 with 1:32 remaining.

When asked if it was hard to shoot free-throws while being yelled at by fans, Smith revealed the racist nature of Jazz fans' insults. "Everything I love (n-word), I promise you".

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