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Saturday, August 24, 2019

NBA asking teams to create PSAs for fans on civil behavior

Russell Westbrook

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.

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.

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