Utah Jazz Owner Apologizes For Russell Westbrook Incident

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A video went viral on Monday evening of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook threatening a Utah Jazz fan. What the video did not present have been the disparaging feedback the fan made to Westbrook earlier than his outburst. After the incident, the fan was banned completely from the Utah Jazz area, whereas Westbrook was fined $25,000. 

On Thursday evening, Utah Jazz proprietor Gail Miller addressed the Utah crowd earlier than their recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the speech, Miller defined that the workforce has a zero tolerances coverage with regards to racism.

"I'm extraordinarily upset that one among our quote 'followers' carried out himself in such a means as to offend not solely a visitor in our area but in addition me personally, my household, our group, the neighborhood, our gamers and also you, as the perfect followers within the NBA," Miller mentioned. "This ought to by no means occur. We are usually not a racist neighborhood. We consider in treating folks with politeness and respect as human beings. From time to time, particular person followers exhibit poor conduct and overlook their manners and disrespect gamers on different groups. When that occurs, I need you to leap up and shout 'cease.' We have a code of conduct on this area. It will probably be strictly enforced."

The Jazz ended up profitable the sport 120-100. They have a document of 39-29 and are ranked sixth within the Western Conference.