SALT LAKE CITY — Thursday night’s game between the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves tipped off later than scheduled, but the delay was for a very good reason.

Three nights after an ugly verbal altercation between Thunder star Russell Westbrook and a Utah fan made national headlines, Jazz owner Gail Miller stood at center court to deliver a heartfelt message about civility and respect.

“I am extremely disappointed that one of our quote fans conducted himself in such a way as to offend not only a guest in our arena but also me personally, my family, our organization, the community, our players and you, as the best fans in the NBA,” Miller said, pausing as a sold-out Vivint Arena erupted in applause.

“This shouldn’t happen,” Miller added. “We are not a racist community.”

Jazz owner Gail Miller just delivered a heartfelt message before tipoff. pic.twitter.com/t7qOOydRpn

— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) March 15, 2019

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— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) March 15, 2019

As he did last year during the playoffs when he blasted Utah for having “vulgar, disrespectful” fans, Westbrook gave a different opinion on Monday after his shouting match with Utahn Shane Keisel.

Westbrook accused Keisel of using racist language during Oklahoma …read more


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