Another Jazz fan banned after old Russell Westbrook video surfaces

Ross Houston
March 16, 2019

Video of Westbrook saying, "I'll f-- you up" to Keisel while standing near the end of the Thunder bench during the second quarter went viral after being posted on Twitter. I never said a swear word to him, and she never said anything or got out of her seat.

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Owner Gail Miller addressed the crowd ahead of the Jazz-Timberwolves tipoff on Thursday with a heartfelt speech while the Fan Code of Conduct was displayed on the Jumbotron.

Westbrook spoke to the media after the game and defended his actions.

Westbrook finished the victory with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Westbrook issued a statement after the game to reporters but declined to answer questions.

Keisel, off camera shouted to Westbrook who was icing his knees, "Get on your knees like you're used to" a comment Westbrook considered "completely disrespectful" and "racial". "It is a disrespect to the game and I think it is something that needs to be brought up".

He added: "Throughout the whole game - since I've been here, especially here in Utah, every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said".

". When bad incidents like Monday night happen, it not only affects the player it's directed at, it also affects our players", she said later. Never been in any trouble. I don't really mind the fan interaction, but not while I'm at work ... let me come to our office and yell in your ear like that. "In light of recent events between Russell Westbrook & a few outlying Jazz fans, I am calling for the true, loyal, welcoming and kind Utah Jazz fans to show our true colors". I truly will stand up for myself and my family.

What exactly happened is unclear, but some of Westbrook's peers in the National Basketball Association came to his defense Tuesday, saying fans who sit near players in many arenas now feel emboldened to say things that would be described as disrespectful or worse.

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.

"Multiple warning cards were issued by arena security".

Nothing to that extreme has happened since, though incidents between players and fans are hardly uncommon. A fight broke out between the players. He's even experienced fans trying to berate him with insults himself, including racially-charged remarks.

That sparked a massive brawl between players and a number of fans that lasted several minutes.

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