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“I am extremely disappointed that one of our ‘fans’ conducted himself in such a way as to offend not only a guest in our arena but also me personally, my family, our organization, the community, our players and you as the best fans in the NBA,” Miller said.
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Gail Miller addressed tonight’s crowd ahead of tip-off ❤️ https://t.co/nJcmPD2kD4
The Deseret News‘ Eric Woodyard shared a video of Westbrook interacting with the fan, who was later identified as Shane Keisel (warning: post contains profanity):
Eric Woodyard @E_Woodyard
Things get heated between Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fans again. “I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife,” he says. Not sure what these fans said to him, but he also had issues with Jazz fans during the postseason. https://t.co/LquwRmLVNy
Westbrook discussed the situation with reporters after the game:
Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites
Russell Westbrook made a statement and did not take questions tonight. Here’s all of the statement I can fit into one Twitter vid: https://t.co/EQA3A4jaQQ
The Jazz announced Tuesday they had banned Keisel for life from any events at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The NBA issued a $25,000 fine to Westbrook for using profanity and threatening Keisel. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the league also issued a memo to all 30 teams to produce a public service announcement emphasizing the “importance of respect and civility in NBA arenas.”