Utah Jazz issue a second ban for incident in 2018 Playoffs
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz issued another lifetime ban Friday for a fan who called Russell Westbrook “boy” just before Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs in 2018.
The first ban came earlier in the week after a verbal altercation happened between Westbrook and a fan in the Jazz, Thunder game Monday.
Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News released the video footage of the exchange in 2018 with the Thunder superstar.
To Russell Westbrook’s defense, here is even further proof of his previous interactions with Utah Jazz fans. In this video, @russwest44 is called a “boy” by a Jazz fan ahead of Game 4 of OKC’s first-round playoff series against Utah on April 23, 2018 at Vivint Arena. pic.twitter.com/lc6slA7fTo
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 13, 2019
Jazz owner Gail Miller took an opportunity before Thursday’s game against the Timberwolves to discuss respect between players and fans.
“This should never happen,” Miller said. “We are not a racist community.”
The NBA also sent a memo to all 30 teams in the league to have some type of announcement about respect and civility during games. Miller delivered one, but in her own words.
“We believe in treating people with courtesy and respect as human beings,” she said. “From time to time, individual fans exhibit poor behavior and forget their manners. Some disrespect players on other teams. When that happens, I want to jump up and shout, ‘Stop!'”
Gail Miller addressed tonight’s crowd ahead of tip-off ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nJcmPD2kD4
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 15, 2019
The organization did not release a name, but said this fan also has a lifetime ban from all arena events.