Utah Jazz proprietor Gail Miller addressed the gang earlier than Thursday’s sport to underscore the crew’s willingness to implement the NBA’s Code of Conduct following Monday’s incident involving Russell Westbrook and a fan who crossed the road.
Miller spoke for about 3½ minutes earlier than the Jazz confronted the Minnesota Timberwolves and requested followers to look out for potential repeats of the shouting match that led Utah to difficulty fan Shane Keisel a lifetime ban.
“I’m extraordinarily disenchanted that certainly one of our quote ‘followers’ performed himself in such a method as to offend not solely a visitor in our area, but additionally me personally, my household, our group, the neighborhood, our gamers and also you, as the perfect followers within the NBA,” Miller stated.
“This could by no means occur. We’re not a racist neighborhood. We consider in treating individuals courteously and respect as human beings. Occasionally, particular person followers exhibit poor habits and neglect their manners and disrespect gamers on different groups. When that occurs, I need you to leap up and shout ‘cease.’ We now have a code of conduct on this area. It will likely be strictly enforced.”
Video of Westbrook saying, “I am going to f— you up” to Keisel whereas standing close to the tip of the Thunder bench through the second quarter went viral after being posted on Twitter. Westbrook stated after the sport that it was an emotional response to Keisel telling him, “Get in your knees such as you’re used to,” a remark Westbrook thought of “utterly disrespectful” and “racial.”
Jazz proprietor Gail Miller requested followers to point out respect to all groups. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports activities
The Jazz completely banned the fan from their video games, and the NBA fined Westbrook $25,000.
“Different groups should not our enemies. They’re our competitors,” Miller stated. “Competitors is an effective factor. It permits gamers to showcase their abilities and it permits followers to encourage, admire, cheer for and luxuriate in those that share their abilities with us.”
Earlier within the day, Miller despatched an e mail to followers on the crew’s mailing checklist with directions to ship a textual content message to the world if they need to see anybody violating the conduct code.
“We don’t allow hate speech, racism, sexism or homophobia,” the e-mail stated. “We additionally don’t permit disruptive habits, together with bullying, foul or abusive language, or obscene gestures. Violators could also be topic to ejection and different penalties, together with a lifetime ban.”
One other e mail to season-ticket holders stated the crew can revoke these tickets no matter who’s sitting in these seats for a selected sport.