SALT LAKE CITY — Inappropriate fan behavior inside Vivint Arena won’t be tolerated.
In the wake of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook’s heated incident with a Utah Jazz fan during the game on Monday night, the franchise issued a permanent ban of the local fan, Shane Keisel, who was involved in the verbal altercation.
The team announced Tuesday that the ban is effective immediately and includes all arena events after conducting an investigation.
It was determined that Keisel violated the NBA Code of Conduct through excessive and derogatory verbal abuse toward Westbrook and the franchise stated “there is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder fined Westbrook $25,000 for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan,” team executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said.
Jazz players Donovan Mitchell, Thabo Sefolosha and Rudy Gobert all came to Westbrook’s defense.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment,” Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement. “Offensive and abusive behavior does not reflect the values of the Miller family, our organization and the community. We all have a responsibility to respect the game of basketball and, …read more
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