Thursday, 21 Mar 2019

When it comes to racially abusive fans, the NBA has a Utah problem

I weathered abuse in every arena during my NBA career. But as Russell Westbrook has learned, Utah is a different level

If you’re even a casual observer of the NBA, you’ve definitely heard about the flare-up between Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fan Shane Keisel during the second quarter of Monday night’s game in Salt Lake City.

Westbrook claimed Keisel, who is white, told him to, “Get down on your knees like you’re used to.” (Keisel says he yelled: “Ice your knees up.”) Far more clear is the cell phone video capturing Westbrook’s profanity laced reaction. Less than a day later, Keisel was banned for life from Jazz games while Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league.

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