Kyrie Irving Responds To Russell Westbrook Incident, ‘I’ve Heard It All’

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 15, 2019

The Thunder star explained after the game the that the fan told him to "get down on your knees like you used to".

Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for the incident, but has drawn support from players all across the league, including from LeBron James.

"In this business, to have our owner be so forward and out there and back us the way she did, it's unbelievable", Mitchell said after Thursday's game.

The Utah Jazz owner delivered a heartfelt message of unity and a condemnation of racism and inappropriate fan behavior on Thursday night.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Group announced a permanent ban of fan, Shane Keisel, who the Jazz says verbally abused Westbrook Monday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Video of Westbrook saying, "I'll f-- you up" to Keisel while standing near the end of the Thunder bench during the second quarter went viral after being posted on Twitter. When that happens, I want you to jump up and shout 'stop.' We have a code of conduct in this arena.

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Like all of us who've watched Morant's highlights, Will appreciated his ability to blow by an initial defender and get to the basket easily. "Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans". We all try to protect the league and I think that when it comes, like, when it's an individual battle with a person in the crowd and they say something violently disrespectful like that then it's going to warrant a reaction. You and your wife. This has always been a hallmark of our incredible fan base and should forever be our standard moving forward. "You think I'm playing".

In an interview after the game he told reporters that what at first seemed like a good natured exchange took an ominous turn when he told Westbrook, to quote, "Sit down and ice your knees, bro". "It's just a respect thing of the game and people's professions". He made it clear that there was no swear word uttered by him or his wife, who was also threatened by Westbrook.

"Initially I was like "oh, I'm talking with Westbrook, he's one of the greats", but he's classless".

"We all know she has a great heart and she was really affected-not only as a businesswoman but as a human", center Rudy Gobert said.

After Bojan Bogdanovic made it 104-101, George tied it with his sixth three-pointer and broke the tie with two free throws late in the fourth.

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