Social media reacts to Russell Westbrook fallout

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A permanent ban and a $25,000 fine.

It’s the aftermath of Monday’s controversial exchange between the NBA’s Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan.

It all went down at Vivint Smart Home Arena during the Jazz’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since news broke of the verbal exchange, social media users have been sharing their opinions.

ABC4 wanted to get Shane Keisel’s side. He’s the fan involved in the controversy. So, we went to his job at Brent Brown Toyota in Orem.

The person ABC4 spoke with identified himself as a manager but didn’t want to go on camera or give his name.

He told us that Keisel was off. So, we asked if Keisel would suffer any consequences for his actions. 

We were then directed to the dealership’s Facebook page.

It’s where a statement is posted that reads in part, “Rather than rushing to judgment, we await results of the official investigation.”

According to what appears to be his now-deleted Twitter account, Keisel’s been beefing with Westbrook since April of last year.

It’s when the Thunder played the Jazz in the playoffs.

On April 28th, 2018 Keisel tweeted “Westbrook was a classless piece of ****.” He went further to type someone needed to “kick his ***.”

Then in October of last year, Keisel tweeted “Russell Westbrook needs to go back to where he came from!! #MAGA.”

ABC4 did reach out to Utah Jazz public relations for player comment, but the team is unavailable for on-camera interviews due to their upcoming road game Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

However, Tuesday afternoon Jazz player Donovan Mitchell did release a statement.

It was tweeted out by Utah Jazz digital sports reporter Eric Woodyard.

The statement says in part, “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fanbase.”

Following this incident, the NBA has fined Westbrook $25,000 while the Utah Jazz has permanently banned Keisel from future games.

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