Jazz fan banned, Westbrook fined following verbal altercation

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a teammate scores against the Utah Jazz in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday it is taking action against a fan following a verbal altercation with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.

The Jazz said the fan would be permanently banned from all arena events after he “engaged in the inappropriate interaction” with Westbrook during Monday night’s game at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Westbrook confronted a man and his wife during the game after the Oklahoma City guard says the two racially taunted him.

The heated exchange came early in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-89 victory over the Jazz.

Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said. He said they told him to “get down on my knees like I used to.” After that, Westbrook was seen on video cursing at the man and threatening him and his wife.

The organization said it conducted an investigation through video and eyewitness accounts and determined the fan would be banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse that violated the NBA Code of Conduct.”

The NBA has also fined Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward the fan. 

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