Jazz owner Miller: 'We're not a racist community'


Russell Westbrook had a massive altercation with the Utah Jazz fans during Oklahoma City Thunder's 98-89 win on Monday night. The fan in question was quickly handed a lifetime ban from the Jazz, though he has threatened to file a lawsuit against Westbrook.

While the Jazz handed out "warning cards" to several fans in relation to last night's incident, it didn't seem to deter them from their inappropriate behavior.

After last week's disturbing incident, the Utah Jazz are not messing around with improper fan conduct, as they recently banned a second fan for degrading and offensive conduct toward Russell Westbrook after a video surfaced from the 2018 playoffs, according to The Deseret News' Eric Woodyard.

It was unclear from the video what the Jazz hecklers said to initiate the profanity-laced response from Westbrook but the player said he heard a racial slur.

"I don't mind the fan interaction but not when I'm at work and you're trying to get me to go... let me come in your office and yell in your ear like that".

Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association said that the league must adapt a zero-tolerance policy for fan misconduct.

The source did not name the fan, but said the organization conducted an investigation to track him down from the previously leaked video. The fan would be banned, and plans to sue Westbrook in retaliation. The Thunder star explained after the game the that the fan told him to "get down on your knees like you used to".

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Westbrook has been upset about fans in Utah before.

"I think there's been dialogue amongst the team, the coaches, management, ownership", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect".

"He can threaten me all he wants", Keisel said.

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.

"Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena", Mitchell said. He noted Utah's arena is particularly bothersome because "the fans are right on top of you" and stressed the importance of respecting the game as well as "people's professions". "So this guy needs to be exposed".

That statement was met with applause from fans and players.

The Thunder and Jazz have do not have any more games scheduled against each other this season, although a first round playoff rematch is potentially on the horizon.