A Utah Jazz fan has been permanently banned from attending games at the team's arena Tuesday as a result of a profane and allegedly racist altercation with a player from the United States. Opposing team. ESPN reported.
The altercation took place between Jazz fan Shane Keisel and Oklahoma City Thunder playmaker Russell Westbrook. Each individual has a different story about what really happened, and the NBA fined Westbrook $ 25,000 for making threatening remarks to the fan and his wife.
Here's a video of Westbrook talking to the support during the game, saying, "I'm going to fuck you, you and your wife, I'm going to fuck you."
Westbrook says Keisel and his wife told him to "kneel as before," a statement said.
"For me, it's totally disrespectful, for me, I think it's racial, and I think it's inappropriate in that there's no protection for the players, "said Westbrook in his statement.
Keisel was interviewed by KSL-TV after the match and told a different story, saying that he had said nothing vulgar to Westbrook, but rather that he was telling Westbrook to "Ice his knees in the air ".
Apparently, the Jazz believed that Keisel was wrong, pronouncing a permanent ban.
"Offensive and abusive behaviors do not reflect the values of Miller, the family, our organization, and the community, and we all have a responsibility to respect basketball and, more importantly, to behave as one another." humans, "said Jazz president Steve Starks. said in a statement.
What may have hurt Keisel's case is a series of vulgar and racist tweets that other users have dug up as a result of the confrontation with Westbrook. Some of the tweets were from last season and insulted Westbrook. Others included racial slurs.
"Westbrook is a piece of classless class," Keisel reportedly wrote in a tweet on the now-deleted page. "Someone needs to kick his ass."
Keisel denied having created the tweets.