The Utah Jazz have banned a second fan for “degrading and offensive” language aimed at Thunder star Russell Westbrook before a 2018 playoff game in Salt Lake City, the Deseret News reported Friday.
According to the report, and video of the incident, a fan called Westbrook “boy” before the Jazz and Thunder met in Game 4 of their first-round series April 23.
To Russell Westbrook’s defense, here is even further proof of his previous interactions with Utah Jazz fans. In this video, @russwest44 is called a “boy” by a Jazz fan ahead of Game 4 of OKC’s first-round playoff series against Utah on April 23, 2018 at Vivint Arena. pic.twitter.com/lc6slA7fTo
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 13, 2019
Westbrook responded, “Don’t call me boy.” When the man used the word again, Westbrook notified security.
The Deseret News report did not identify the fan who has been banned, but a source told the paper, “The Jazz aren’t taking these matters lightly.”
This development follows a high-profile incident Monday night when a Jazz fan, Shane Keisel, taunted Westbrook in the second quarter, allegedly saying, “Get on your knees like you’re used to.” Westbrook responded by telling Keisel and his wife, “I’ll f— you up.”
The Jazz announced Tuesday they had permanently banned Keisel from Vivint Smart Home Arena. The NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 “for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”
That incident prompted debate about the behavior of Jazz fans toward African-American players. Before Thursday’s Jazz-Timberwolves game at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Jazz owner Gail Miller addressed the crowd, saying, “This should never happen. We are not a racist community.”