Jazz owner Miller addresses fans after Westbrook encounter | AP sports

Heather Diaz
March 16, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook got into an altercation with a fan at Monday's game against the Utah Jazz.

"At the end of close games, there's going to be contact", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for "directing profanity and threatening language to a fan".

"I promise you", Westbrook said to the fan.

The nation itself sees that racism, one of America's biggest issues for almost half of a millennium, not only plagues the country's impoverished and middle-class but even those making hundreds of millions of dollars. According to Westbrook, Keisel told him to "get down on [his] knees like [he] used to", prompting the 30-year-old eight-time All-Star to stand up from the bench and verbally threaten Keisel and his wife. "She was sat down the entire time", the fan said.

"There are people that come to the games to say mean disrespectful things about me and my family".

However, threatening Keisel and his wife was not the best look for Westbrook, particularly because of the suggestion of violently striking a woman. The Jazz did not name Keisel in their statement announcing the ban, and a phone number for him rang unanswered. "Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans". "The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive, and last night's incident is not indicative of our fan base".

"I didn't confront fans; fans confronted me", Westbrook said after the April game.

The fan gave an interview with Complex Sports, in which he defended himself and said there was nothing racist about what he said.

"If I had it to do over again, I would say the exact same thing". Oklahoma City went 3-3 during a stretch in which they played five road games.

In a social media age, anything can be captured by cameras. The organization conducted an investigation through video review and eyewitness accounts.

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Miller finished by telling fans to hold themselves and those around them to the highest level of decency.

Fans boo. That's expected and even encouraged in arenas. Following a pair of free throws from George with 1.9 seconds left, IN inbounded the ball to Cory Joseph, who launched and hit a halfcourt shot - his first ever make IN 10 tries.

Sometimes, the banter is friendly.

Now, let us be clear: we want you to be loud. "So this guy needs to be exposed".

One of the league's lowest moments came November 19, 2004, during a game between IN and Detroit.

Pacers forward Ron Artest jumped into the stands after a fan threw a cup at him while he was resting on the scorer's table.

Nothing to that extreme has happened since, though incidents between players and fans are hardly uncommon. We also do not allow disruptive behavior, including bullying, foul or abusive language, or obscene gestures. "If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA Code of Conduct, appropriate action will be taken".

Check out this thread from Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, including video of the incident itself and Westbrook's postgame comments.

The big picture takeaway of this is that Utah has, their fans have the worst reputations in the league for doing this stuff.

Former NBA star Matt Barnesadmitted in December that he had experienced racist fans during his 14-year-career and described Utah as being very racial and as having more "N-words than black people in the city".

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