Utah Jazz announce permanent ban of fan who taunted Russell Westbrook
The Utah Jazz have disciplined the fan who taunted Russell Westbrook on Monday night, leading to a profane response and threat from the Oklahoma City Thunder star.
The Jazz announced in a statement Tuesday that they have permanently banned fan Shane Keisel from all arena events following their investigation into the matter.
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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 12, 2019
The Jazz said they would not tolerate inappropriate activity, personal attacks or disrespect from their fans.
Both Westbrook and Keisel shared their sides of what happened, though Keisel declined to say exactly what he told Westbrook, noting it was inappropriate for TV. Westbrook says Keisel told him to get down on his knees like he’s used to, which is what led him to threaten the fan in response.
The response from the Jazz seems appropriate given the situation. The NBA has also fined Russell Westbrook $25,000 for threatening and directing profanity at the fan.