Jazz Fan Permanently Banned After Altercation With Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Utah Jazz on Monday

Russell Westbrook was captured on camera threatening a Utah Jazz fan and his wife during last night's game.

The Jazz fan at the center of the verbal exchange denied swearing at Westbrook and claims he told the eight-time All-Star to "sit down and ice" his knees before Westbrook escalated the issue.

"I know you guys only got the tail end of the video, but the start of the video is way more important and way more disrespectful than what you guys heard", Westbrook said.

"The vast majority of fans go to games and are very respectful", Kerr said.

Shane Keisel told TV station Salt Lake City NBC 5: "I never said a single swear word to him, not one". You and your wife, I'll fuck you up.

He later defended his actions, saying he had been subjected to "disrespectful" and "racial" language.

Keisel said he was playfully bantering with Westbrook before Westbrook started cursing at him.

Shane Keisel has been identified as the Utah Jazz fan that was recorded getting into an altercation with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.




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

Westbrook did not draw any discipline from the game officials for the exchange during the Thunder's 98-89 win.

Prior to the game, he also apparently wrote that Westbrook is a "piece of classless sh*t" and that someone needs to "kick his ass".

"I am personally hurt by the incident at the game on March 11th", Mitchell said in the statement, according to Deseret News.

Keisel soon deleted his Twitter account and is preparing to sue Westbrook, but we're thinking his social media account may not help his case.

"We were just two men, I thought, having fun initially", he said. "People can say whatever what they want to say us during games and yell out stuff and talk about our families and talk about our kids". These included screenshots dating back to a year ago, one in which Keisel allegedly wrote, "Russell Westbrook needs to go back where he came from!"

As Deadspin reports, Westbrook has since issued a statement about the incident, saying Keisel told him to "Get on your knees like you used to", a comment he said he interpreted as "racial". Am I heckling the opposing guy? Fellow Oklahoma City Thunder player Raymond Felton confirmed his teammate's side of the story, ESPN's Tim MacMahon noted. Some of the tweets were from last season and insulted Westbrook. "I'm exhausted of just going out and playing, then the fans saying whatever the hell they want to say. They're coming at him first".

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