When it comes to racially abusive fans, the NBA has a Utah problem

The Guardian - Mar 15, 14:27 GMT

I weathered abuse in every arena during my NBA career

I weathered abuse in every arena during my NBA career. But as Russell Westbrook has learned, Utah is a different level

If you’re even a casual observer of the NBA, you’ve no doubt heard about the flare-up between Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fan Shane Keisel during the second quarter of Monday night’s game in Salt Lake City.

Westbrook claimed Keisel, who is white, told him to, “Get down on your knees like you’re used to.” (Keisel says he yelled: “Ice your knees up.”) Far more clear is the cell phone video capturing Westbrook’s reaction: “I swear to God, I’ll fuck you up,” he shouted. “You and your wife, I’ll fuck you up.” Less than a day later, Keisel was banned for life from Jazz games while Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league.

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