The Utah Jazz have banned a second fan for “degrading and offensive” language geared toward Thunder star Russell Westbrook earlier than a 2018 playoff sport in Salt Lake Metropolis, the Deseret Information reported Friday.
In keeping with the report, and video of the incident, a fan known as Westbrook “boy” earlier than the Jazz and Thunder met in Sport four of their first-round sequence April 23.
To Russell Westbrook’s protection, right here is even additional proof of his earlier interactions with Utah Jazz followers. On this video, @russwest44 is named a “boy” by a Jazz fan forward of Sport four of OKC’s first-round playoff sequence in opposition to Utah on April 23, 2018 at Vivint Enviornment. pic.twitter.com/lc6slA7fTo
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 13, 2019
Westbrook responded, “Don’t name me boy.” When the person used the phrase once more, Westbrook notified safety.
The Deseret Information report didn’t establish the fan who has been banned, however a supply instructed the paper, “The Jazz aren’t taking these issues calmly.”
This improvement follows a high-profile incident Monday night time when a Jazz fan, Shane Keisel, taunted Westbrook within the second quarter, allegedly saying, “Get in your knees such as you’re used to.” Westbrook responded by telling Keisel and his spouse, “I will f— you up.”
The Jazz introduced Tuesday that they had completely banned Keisel from Vivint Sensible Dwelling Enviornment. The NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 “for guiding profanity and threatening language to a fan.”
That incident prompted debate in regards to the habits of Jazz followers towards African-American gamers. Earlier than Thursday’s Jazz-Timberwolves sport at Vivint Sensible Dwelling Enviornment, Jazz proprietor Gail Miller addressed the gang, saying, “This could by no means occur. We’re not a racist group.”