"Misery loves company," Green said, adding fan interaction as a whole has "gotten worse" over the past couple years, per Mark Medina of the Mercury News:
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Draymond Green said fan incidents have gotten worse with NBA players in recent years. Draymond: “Our penalties have gotten worse.” Draymond argued that gives fans an extra incentive to say inappropriate things to players. Draymond: “misery loves company.” https://t.co/XeCzZM5K4t
On Tuesday, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar point guard Russell Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for "profanity and threatening language" directed toward a Utah Jazz fan during Monday night's 98-89 road victory at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake city.
Westbrook said after the game the fan told him to "get down on your knees like you're used to," a statement he believed was "racial" and "inappropriate."
"For me, I'm just not going to continue to take disrespect for my family," he told reporters. "I just think there's got to be something done. There's got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. I don't think it's fair to the players—not just to me, but I don't think it's fair to the players."
Shane Keisel, the fan involved in the incident, told Felicia Martinez of KSL TV he planned to filed a lawsuit against Westbrook and denied any racist comments were made during the exchange.
"We were just two men, I thought, having fun initially," Keisel said. "It turned to, I mean the guy is F-wording everything. He's just a classless dude."
The Jazz later announced Keisel was permanently banned from all events at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Green clearly doesn't think the issues will stop based on the way things are currently being handled.