SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – In light of recent events, Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller sent a letter to fans addressing fan behavior.
In the letter sent to fans hours ahead of a home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miller said: “we all have shared responsibility to represent the Utah Jazz and the community in the right way.”
Miller reminded fans that the Jazz organization will “strictly enforce the NBA Fan Code of Conduct with zero tolerance.”
“We do not permit hate speech, racism, sexism or homophobia. We also do not allow disruptive behavior, including bullying, foul or abusive language, or obscene gestures. Violators may be subject to ejection and other penalties, including a lifetime ban.”
Miller’s note comes on the heels of a heated exchange between a Jazz fan and Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. Following the incident, the fan was permanently banned from all arena events, and the NBA fined Westbrook $25,000.
Miller also addressed Jazz fans in person before tip-off Thursday night.
“I am extremely disappointed that one of our quote fans conducted himself in such a way as a fan not only to 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,” said Miller.