Jazz issue lifetime ban to another fan

Russell Westbrook waves to the crowd as he leaves the court following an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook gave a mouthful to Utah Jazz fans

The Utah Jazz community is rallying to do some good in the wake of a nasty incident during a recent game that saw a fan allegedly shout racially charged taunts at Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook.

In any case, as with any incident that sheds light on an important social issue, there are positives from Westbrook's interaction with the Jazz fan.

Keisel, and four other fans had been issued warning cards by security during the game for inappropriate behavior.

Keisel received a permanent ban while Westbrook received a $25,000 fine for his profane comments.

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

Westbrook admits he threatened the fan. Westbrook claimed that Keisel said to "get down on my knees like you're used to". Additionally, the fan was banned for life by the Jazz, although he said he is planning to file a lawsuit against Westbrook. Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game for personal reasons.

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The fan claimed that he thought he was having "fun" with Westbrook by yelling to "ice those knees" up, noting, "I never said a single swear word to him, not one".

The comment, and threatening a woman, is not a good look for the image-conscious National Basketball Association - especially since it came from a former Most Valuable Player and one of the game's biggest stars. The organization conducted an investigation through video review and eyewitness accounts.

"And we all try to protect the league and I think that when it's an individual battle with a person in the crowd and they say something violently disrespectful like that, then it's gonna warrant a reaction", he continued.

The NBA has a fan problem that has gone too far.

Now, let us be clear: we want you to be loud. "But you don't need to cross the line and say something that you would never say if you were walking up to one of these guys on the street".

Westbrook was pulled up by the match officials for his altercation with the fans and he addressed the situation after the game and revealed that the exchange got heated due to a racial comment made by one of the home supporters. A year ago in the playoffs he slapped the cellphone out of a fan's hand at the end of the game. "It's truly disrespectful to the game, man".

The Thunder have completed their series with the Jazz this season.

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