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Utah Jazz ban fan, Russell Westbrook fined $25,000 over exchange

Russell Westbrook said after the game that he was the victim of a disrespectful comment from a fan that he took as a racial barb. The Thunder player was fined $25,000 on Tuesday by the NBA.

The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that they have permanently banned a fan who engaged in “inappropriate interaction” with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during Monday’s game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Shane Keisel, who publicly revealed he was the fan involved, will not be allowed to attend any events at the arena.

Westbrook said after the contest that he was the victim of a disrespectful comment that he took as a racial barb. Westbrook was fined $25,000 on Tuesday by the NBA for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”

The Jazz said they conducted an investigation through video and eyewitness accounts and Keisel’s ban is based on “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player” that serves as a violation of the NBA Code of Conduct.

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