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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:
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.