Russell Westbrook Receives Fine From NBA After SLC Incident
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The National Basketball Association issued a $25,000 fine to Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, following a verbal incident with a Jazz fan on Monday night.
The fine was given by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kiki VanDeWeghe for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.
Utah previously released a statement stating that they have permanently banned the fan involved in the incident with Westbrook.
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After the game, Westbrook spoke with the media and explained what happened from his point of view.
According to the former league MVP, Jazz fan Shane Keisel shouted at Westbrook and told him to, “get on his knees like he used to.”
“For me, that’s just completely disrespectful,” said Westbrook, who gave his statement and did not take questions from the media.
At the beginning of the video, Westbrook voiced his displeasure with the fan to a person off camera, peppering in plenty of expletives. He then turned to address the fan, who was also off-camera, and “promised” to inflect harm on the fan and his wife.
Oklahoma City beat the Jazz 98-89, sweeping the season series 4-0.