"For me, that's just completely disrespectful". The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night's incident is not indicative of our fan base. "So that's kind of how that started", Westbrook explained.
The fan involved in the altercation, Shane Keisel, denied that he swore at Westbrook or made any type of inappropriate reference. Westbrook was recorded telling the couple, "I'll f-k you up".
After the game, Westbrook said he didn't regret his actions. I don't think it's fair to the players - not just to me, but I don't think it's fair to the players.
Keisel also spoke to reporters after the game, claiming that he merely said to Westbrook "ice up those knees" before "he [Westbrook] just went nuts".
Keisel claimed he didn't use any insults at Westbrook, but he took issue when Westbrook went after his female companion.
Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for "directing profanity and threatening language to a fan".
After Westbrook faced backlash for his reaction, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell issued a statement Monday supporting the rival player. Everything I love, I promise you. Never have before, but once he said the comment, his wife repeated the same thing to me as well.
Keisel told his side of the story to KSL-TV's Jeremiah Jensen on Monday night. I was the one talking to him ... but don't threaten a woman.
"There could have been some words Russ could've said a little differently, but at the end of the day, he was in the right, that guy was in the wrong".
LeBron is one of the most thoughtful players in the league, and this is another good quote from him. "We should not be subject to hate speech or racist acts at any time, and definitely not in our arenas", Mitchell added.
According to the Deseret News, five fans received "warning cards" related to the incident.
"Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment", read a statement from the Jazz.
The NBA's worst incident between players and fans took place during a 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Piston spectators which resulted in nine players being suspended. It's truly disrespectful. (They) talk about your families, your kids.