• Utah Jazz bans fan, NBA fines Russell Westbrook following confrontation

    By: Josh Gammon


    The NBA announced on Wednesday that the Utah Jazz and the team's ownership group have permanently banned a fan accused of making excessively derogatory remarks toward Russell Westbrook Monday night.

    Video evidence and witness interviews brought the team to its decision. The ban includes all events at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

    “Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment,” said Steve Starks, president of the Utah Jazz. “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, more importantly, each other as human beings. This has always been a hallmark of our incredible fan base and should forever be our standard moving forward.”

    The league also announced that Westbrook will face a $25,000 fine "for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan."

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