"Because I think at the same time if we we're out and about with our families, ain't nobody saying no sh-t like that to us".
That statement was met with applause from fans and players. A fan threw a cup of soda on Ron Artest's chest, leading Artest to charge the fan along with teammates Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal.
The guard, who scored 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, was filmed shouting: "I'll f**k you up, you and your wife".
"I never said a single swear word to him, not one", Keisel told the TV station.
"Utah, Phoenix, California, wherever you wanna go fans are gonna be passionate about their teams, but that's just taking it too far".
My good friend and colleague at NBC Sports Chicago, Will Perdue, had a chance to watch Morant up close and personal while serving as an expert analyst for the national radio broadcast of the OVC tourney championship game.
"If I had to do it over again, I would say the exact same thing".
The Thunder and Jazz have do not have any more games scheduled against each other this season, although a first round playoff rematch is potentially on the horizon.
Westbrook was spotted making a threat to a Jazz fan and his wife while standing on the bench Monday night.
"Oh yeah, a lot of racial slurs".
"I promise you. Everything I love".
Westbrook is not only a star athlete, but he's also known for not holding his tongue. As would it have been interesting to get the viewpoints of Jaylen Brown, who was recently announced as one of the NBPA's Vice Presidents, and Gordon Hayward, who would be able to provide a unique perspective in the locker room as the only white player on the roster.
"The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately, " the statement read.
It didn't take long for that warning to prove true.
The comment, and threatening a woman, is not a good look for the image-conscious National Basketball Association - especially since it came from a former Most Valuable Player and one of the game's biggest stars.
The Jazz, back in action on Saturday against the Nets (9 p.m. ET - watch on fuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension), have made it clear they're unequivocally backing Westbrook in the situation, and they clearly plan on cracking down on fans' interactions with players to ensure they're respectful. When somebody says something insane like that, he's not just going insane out of nowhere.
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