Russell Westbrook says Utah fans’ racist taunt led to verbal altercation

Sports news          Hall of Famer Kevin Mc Hale Reacts To The Verbal Altercation Between Russell Westbrook & A Jazz Fan        
         
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In a video that's circulating on social media, the Jordan Brand-backed athlete addressed a fan that he told reporters after the game was making racial and inappropriate comments. According to Keisel, after Westbrook replied that it was heat on his knees, Keisel hollered, "You're going to need it". No matter if you like him or love him and the way he plays the game, the guy is one of the most loyal and down-to-earth guys I know, and that guy just took it too far on the other end. A video of the encounter shows Westbrook saying "I promise you. I swear to god", he can be seen saying to Keisel, in the beginning in a video, linked here due to language. "I'll f-k you up".

Westbrook said he would say the same exact thing if he had to do it all over again. He was fined $25,000 on Tuesday for "directing profanity and threatening language" toward fans.

Shane Keisel has been identified as the Utah Jazz fan that was recorded getting into an altercation with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

Earlier, Utah had announced that they had banned Keisel permanently from attending games at their home Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

The incident took place during the second quarter of the Thunder's 98-89 victory, with Westbrook sitting on his team's bench. In the locker room before Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets was the first time Westbrook had officially been available, but he declined to talk.

"He can threaten me all he wants", Keisel said.

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"As bad as social media is, the good thing of social media came out when they went through everything that he's said about Russ, about other people, in his little timeline". He said they told him to "get down on my knees like I used to".

Deaton said he and his family have held season tickets to Jazz games since he was five years old, and that he's never "personally experienced racism or bigotry" like what was shown on Monday night. There's got to be some consequences for those types of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. The same fan has a history of racist tweets, including one where he told Westbrook to "go back where he came from".

After Westbrook faced backlash for his reaction, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell issued a statement Monday supporting the rival player.

He also said his partner "never left her seat, never said a word".

"I'm not afraid of the guy". "I'm exhausted of just going out and playing, then the fans saying whatever the hell they want to say". It was amusing that he tried to backtrack and say what he didn't do when they interviewed him.

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