Jazz Ban Fan Shane Keisel for Life After Russell Westbrook Altercation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 12, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook looks on as he is stretched before the start of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Utah Jazz fan Shane Keisel has been given a lifetime ban from Vivint Smart Arena for his actions during Monday's game involving Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

In an official statement from the Jazz, Keisel's punishment was determined after an investigation using video evidence and eyewitness accounts from others in the area:

Utah Jazz @utahjazz

Statement from the Utah Jazz: https://t.co/L3eYolvrpq

The NBA also announced Westbrook was fined $25,000 for using profanity and threatening a fan, per The Athletic's Brett Dawson.

Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News posted video of Westbrook yelling "I'll f--k you up. You and your wife" toward Keisel (warning: post contains profanity):

Eric Woodyard @E_Woodyard

Things get heated between Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fans again. “I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife,” he says. Not sure what these fans said to him, but he also had issues with Jazz fans during the postseason. https://t.co/LquwRmLVNy

Westbrook told reporters after the game he heard Keisel directing racist comments toward him:

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Russell Westbrook says the comment from the Jazz fan that set him off was: “Get down on your knees like you’re used to.” https://t.co/i0vIlblSwJ

However, Keisel said he told Westbrook to "sit down and ice your knees, bro."

Per NBA.com, members of the arena security team issued multiple conduct warning cards to fans in the area where Keisel was sitting.

Westbrook also had a run-in with Jazz fans during last year's first-round playoff series. He slapped at the hand of a man who was filming him walking to the locker room after Oklahoma City's Game 6 loss. 

Unless the Jazz and Thunder meet in the playoffs, they won't play again this season.