SALT LAKE CITY — In Donovan Mitchell’s University of Louisville personal profile, Russell Westbrook was listed among his two favorite basketball players along with LeBron James.

Now, the Utah Jazz star is coming to his defense after Westbrook’s heated exchange with a fan at Vivint Arena on Monday night where the Oklahoma City Thunder star sparked a media firestorm.

“I am personally hurt by the incident at the game on March 11th,” Mitchell said in a statement to the Deseret News. “As a black man living in a community I love, and playing on a team that gives me the opportunity to live out my dreams, this incident hits close to home.

“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena,” he continued. “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fanbase. We don’t want to create a negative reputation for athletes who potentially may want to come to Utah.”

Donovan Mitchell’s statement on Russell Westbrook’s incident with Utah Jazz fans at Vivint Arena last night. pic.twitter.com/mJUhfSeQeU

— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 12, 2019

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