No team, institution, or organization is defined by certain members of the fan base. The Utah Jazz were really close though following an altercation with Russell Westbrook and a fan sitting court-side on Monday night. The result of that incident was a $25,000 fine for Westbrook and a lifetime ban for Jazz fan Shane Keisel.
However, in the midst of the investigation conducted by the Jazz another video emerged of a Utah fan heckling Westbrook with racist overtones prior to Game 4 of last year’s playoff series between the two organizations.
Prior to Thursday night’s home game against Minnesota, Jazz owner Gail Miller addressed the Monday night incident.
“This should never happen. We are not a racist community,” Miller said, adding, “Other teams are not our enemy. They are our competition.”
On Friday morning the Deseret News reported that the fan from the 2018 video had also been banned from the arena for life.
On Friday morning, a source informed the Deseret News that the Jazz have also banned a second fan for degrading and offensive conduct against Westbrook that took place during the 2018 postseason.
“The Jazz aren’t taking these matters lightly,” the source said.Deseret News
Kudos to the Jazz organization for not only addressing this situation but taking swift action in an effort to distance themselves from fans who behave inappropriately.