Gail Miller urges Jazz fans to treat opposition with respect

Carrie Guzman
March 16, 2019

On Monday night, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook got into a verbal altercation with a Jazz fan during the second quarter of Oklahoma City's game at Utah.

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While the Jazz handed out "warning cards" to several fans in relation to last night's incident, it didn't seem to deter them from their inappropriate behavior.

Jazz owner Gail Miller on Thursday sent an email to all the fans on the team's mailing list reminding them of the NBA's Code of Conduct in the wake of an incident involving Russell Westbrook earlier this week.

"And if I had to do it 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". 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. He said fans are not "held accountable for their actions".

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"Don't call me 'boy, '" Westbrook told the fan, who repeated the phrase. "It's just a respect thing of the game and people's professions". "I know if I say something insane, whatever they say back and they lose money - misery loves company", he explained. I was the one talking to him, but don't threaten a woman.

Monday was not the first time Keisel has called Westbrook "classless".

Now, let us be clear: we want you to be loud. "In the video, a young girl can be heard saying, "[white people] run n****** because they do football for us and rap music and we pay them for it". Following a pair of free throws from George with 1.9 seconds left, IN inbounded the ball to Cory Joseph, who launched and hit a halfcourt shot - his first ever make IN 10 tries. "But you don't need to cross the line and say something that you would never say if you were walking up to one of these guys on the street".

The Thunder did not have any comment other than the statement Westbrook made to reporters after the game. The Oklahoma City Thunder star's words for Utah Jazz fan Shane Keisel have already been well documented, but it also shined a light on what could be a much larger issue: Does the National Basketball Association have a racist white fan problem? Keisel said the exchange "started off as fun" with him yelling at Westbrook to "ice those knees up!"

Former NBA star Matt Barnesadmitted in December that he had experienced racist fans during his 14-year-career and described Utah as being very racial and as having more "N-words than black people in the city". The Jazz eliminated the Thunder from last season's playoffs, and as Westbrook walked off the floor immediately after that loss, he swiped at a fan who was taping him with his phone.

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