Five Utah Jazz fans received "warning cards" that their comments, gestures and/or behaviors directed at players were in violation of the NBA Fan Code of Conduct, but were able to return to their seats after their altercation with Russell Westbrook.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 12, 2019
Woke up to hear the news and see the video. This at first felt like something that people will kill Westbrook for but it’s sounding more and more that this guy is a big time racist scumbag.
Westbrook spoke after the game and said, “To me that’s completely disrespectful to me. I think it’s racial and I think it’s just inappropriate in a sense of there’s no protection for the players. I think there are a lot of great fans around the world who like to come to the game and enjoy the game.
“And there are people that come to the game to say mean, disrespectful things about me, my family. For many years, I’ve done all the right things, I’ve never done anything to hurt or harm anybody,” he continued. “I never been in any trouble, never fought a fan. I’ve been in the league 11 years, clean slate, humble. I take all the criticism from everybody. I’ve been doing the same thing for years and for me, disrespect will not be taken from me.
“I completely just sit back sometimes and just take it, like that’s just one video, but throughout the whole game, since I’ve been here, especially here in Utah, every time I come here it’s a lot of disrespectful things that’s said and for me, I’m just not going to continue to take the disrespect for my family and I just think that there’s got to be something done. There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say and I don’t think it’s fair to the players,” he added. “Not just to me, but I don’t think it’s fair to the players and if I had to do it all over again, I would say the same exact thing because I truly will stand up for myself, for my family, for my kids, for my wife, for my mom, for my dad, every single time. I expect anybody else to do the same. So, that’s kind of where I’m at with the whole situation.”
It’s being reported that the fan in question has already made his page private and deleted problematic tweets. Unfortunately for him, the Internet is forever.
Is this what going to sporting events has come to?!?!
Another now deleted tweet from fan at Utah Jazz game. pic.twitter.com/nj9ZrAmFES
— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) March 12, 2019
This is going to be a big time issue. All I’ll say is if you see that last tweet from this Jazz fan and still defend the guy, might be time to look on the mirror.