NBA asking teams to create PSAs for fans on civil behavior
Russell Westbrook’s incident with a fan in Utah this week is having an impact on the league.
The NBA sent a memo to its clubs asking them to create a PSA to stress the importance of respect and civility in fan behavior, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
In wake of Russell Westbrook/Utah fan incident, the NBA has sent a memo to its 30 teams asking them to create PSA or league-developed spot to stress “importance of respect and civility in NBA arenas.”
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 14, 2019
This comes after Westbrook was shown on video cursing at and threatening a Jazz fan late in Oklahoma City’s win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday. Westbrook says the fan was disrespectful and shouted something sexually suggestive at him, a comment he also felt had a racial component.
The fan was permanently banned by the Jazz, while Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league.
While taunting opponents is part of the game, fans need to know what the line is and not to cross into disrespectful or uncivil territory.