Jazz owner Gail Miller addresses Russell Westbrook incident

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The Utah Jazz fan garnered national attention this week after a profanity-laced incident with Russell Westbrook earned the Oklahoma City Thunder star a fine from the NBA and Keisel a lifetime ban from Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz announced on social media this afternoon that the fan has been permanently banned.

Deaton said he and his family have held season tickets to Jazz games since he was five years old, and that he's never "personally experienced racism or bigotry" like what was shown on Monday night.

Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller issued a statement Thursday regarding the National Basketball Association code of conduct after a fan was banned for life after he reportedly taunted Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook Monday.

If you're a regular reader of our draft big board feature, you know I'm super high on Morant's pro potential. Miller's emphasis on opposing players not being enemies is a welcome reminder for many fanbases, and her speech was met with cheers from Jazz fans and praise from the broadcast.

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The fan gave an interview with Complex Sports, in which he defended himself and said there was nothing racist about what he said. The Cavaliers fan was banned indefinitely. In the video, Westbrook says "don't call me boy", and warned the fan before the fan said it again.

"Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment", Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement Tuesday.

"This should never happen", Miller said. "It's just the respect thing of the game and people's professions".

The nation itself sees that racism, one of America's biggest issues for almost half of a millennium, not only plagues the country's impoverished and middle-class but even those making hundreds of millions of dollars.

"We'll need to look into every situation if there's video evidence, if it's clear they've violated the Code of Conduct". "That's what you want".

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Toronto was missing both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, who is serving a three game suspension for fighting.

Check out this thread from Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, including video of the incident itself and Westbrook's postgame comments.

Westbrook and the Thunder have finished their season series with the Jazz.

"He had ice or heat, I said "sit down and ice your knees, bro", and he said "that's heat, that's heat". Later that night, Westbrook described fans in Utah as "truly disrespectful". Previous year in the playoffs he slapped the cellphone out of a fan's hand at the end of the game.

This leads to the question of how can organizations provide their fans with a great game experience, but also protect the players from unruly spectators?

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