"Fans are protected in every way possible but not us". "The arenas, therefore, have to do a better job of insulating our players".
Ever since the incident between Westbrook and Keisel, Westbrook has been fined $25,000 for the threats, while Keisel has been banned from the arena.
Following the game, Westbrook told reporters that Keisel and his wife told him to "get on your knees like you're used to", which Westbrook said he interpreted as racial, disrespectful and inappropriate.
"To me that's just completely disrespectful". "You think I'm playing?"
"I promise you. Everything I love".
"I want to thank my team and the National Basketball Association for quickly responding to this hateful incident, and for helping to make our arena a place where all fans and all players are welcome". Now, a new incident has athletes calling for more protection for players.
The Cavaliers identified the fan, and at the time, indefinitely banned the individual from all events at Quicken Loans Arena for at least a year.
According to Westbrook in an interview after the game, he stated that the fan told him to get on his knees like he's used to. I just told him, "sit down and ice your knees bro.' And he turned to me and was like, 'That's heat".
Towards the end of the second quarter, Westbrook, who was seated at the end of the Oklahoma City bench, began shouting at a fan in the stands.
The Jazz issued a statement after the game and indicated that they would investigate the matter and issue appropriate disciplinary action as needed.
The fans, I understand that they pay their hard-earned money to watch our handsome game, to watch our attractive players, and I respect that. Trash talking, without a doubt, is part of the game's mental aspect.
"For many years, I've done all the right things", he said. Like Donovan said, we're going to do our best with the Jazz and the great owners we have to make sure there's a great conversation between us and our community.
Several of Westbrook's teammates backed up his account, while Keisel denies claims that he made those comments. Westbrook called the comments "disrespectful" and "racial".
"Sometimes it nearly feels like a zoo", Gobert told ESPN.
While NBA megastar LeBron James didn't point to one particular instance where he was the target of fans' racism, he did say he tries to block everything out before stating the obvious about the league: "Racism, we know, exists".
This isn't the first exchange between Westbrook and Jazz fans. Nah, fuck that! [turns back to fan] I promise you.
However, Keisel told KSL-TV a different account of how the verbal exchange went down.