SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) Utah Jazz fans are rallying around Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
The NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 for language he directed at Utah fan during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night.
Westbrook confronted a man and his wife early in the second quarter after the Oklahoma City guard says the two racially taunted him. Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said.
Video of the incident caught Westbrook saying to a fan he would “f—” him up and do the same to his wife. “I promise you,” Westbrook says in the exchange. “You think I’m playing. I swear to God. I swear to God. I’ll f— you up; you and your wife. I’ll f— you up.”
After the game, Westbrook told reporters the fans told him to “get down on my knees like I used to.”
Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language. The Jazz announced the fan involved was permanently banned from all arena events for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse.”
Now one Jazz fan is now asking fellow fans to show their “true colors.” Devin Deaton is calling for “true, loyal, welcoming and kind” Utah Jazz fans to help him raise $25,000 – the same amount Westbrook was fined – so it can be donated to the Human Rights Campaign. He created a GoFundMe page to support his efforts.
Deaton said it is time to change the narrative. Read more of his message here.