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Utah Jazz Owner Pleads with Fans to be More Respectful

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The Utah Jazz is doing their part to make sporting events a better experience, in light of what happened with Russell Westbrook.

On Thursday night, Utah Jazz owner, Gail Miller, addressed the crowd. In her speech, she encourages Utah’s fans to keep their composure and to respect each player on the floor.

“This should never happen. We are not a racist community. We believe in treating people with courtesy and respect as human beings. From time to time, individual fans exhibit poor behavior and forget their manners and disrespect players on other teams. When that happens, I want you to jump up and shout ‘stop.’ We have a code of conduct in this arena. It will be strictly enforced.”

Miller is taking action, due to an altercation that transpired on Monday night’s game, between Westbrook and Shane Keisel. During the altercation, the basketball player made threatening comments towards the fan, claiming that it was in self-defense. According to Westbrook, Keisel, and his wife spit racial slurs at him.

In the past, many have agreed that Utah Jazz has some of the most racist fans in the sporting world. Since the incident, Keisel has been permanently banned from the arena, and Westbrook has been fined $25,000.

Miller hopes her pregame announcement will help bring unity to future games, for everyone.

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