Last week a player got in a yelling match with a fan during a Utah Jazz game. The player claimed the fan yelled racist things at him, and after the game fan was banned for life from arena. After it was all said and done, the owner of the Jazz took a few moments to address the crowd before Saturday’s game.
Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller assured those in attendance that Utah is “not a racist community” in the wake of an incident with Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook.
Ahead of the match between the Jazz and the Timberwolves at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Miller took the mic to tell those in attendance that she abhors the incident between the player and a Jazz fan, TMZ reported.
“I am extremely disappointed that one of our, quote, ‘fans’ conducted himself in such a way as to offend not only a guest in our arena, but also me personally, my family, our organization, the community, our players, and you as the best fans in the NBA,” Miller said over the mic.
“This should never happen. We are not a racist community,” she added.
Miller also pointed out that there is a “code of conduct” in the arena and she intends to strictly enforce it.
“No one wins when respect goes away,” Miller told the crowd.
The incident that sparked Miller’s reply occurred on March 11 when Russell Westbrook threatened to beat up a Jazz fan in the stands.
At the end of the second quarter, Westbrook began shouting from the bench at a fan in the stands. A video of the incident show Westbrook repeatedly saying, “I’ll f*ck you up! You and your wife!”
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. pic.twitter.com/LquwRmLVNy
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 12, 2019
Westbrook insisted that the fan was yelling racist taunts at him and he refused to apologize for threatening the fan. He was later fined $25k for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”
For his part, the fan involved in the altercation, Shane Keisel, denied that he swore at Westbrook or made any type of inappropriate racial comment. He has been banned for life, anyway.
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College Sports ‘Unequivocally Supports’ Transgender Athletes Playing Against Biological Girls
The NCAA has come out with full-throated support of men claiming to be women competing against natural-born women in college sports.
College sports governing authority the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come out with full-throated support of men claiming to be women competing against natural-born women in college sports. The NCAA says “firmly and unequivocally supports” transgender athletes playing in whatever category they feel like choosing. In its Monday statement, the NCAA said that they support “fair competition”… despite that whenever men claiming to be women compete against real women, the real women lose nearly every time. “The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition,” the statement read. The group added that they follow medical requirements similar to those used by the Olympics. “Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect,” the NCAA added. The statement concluded: When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants. The NCAA’s statement comes on the tale of a growing number of states either considering or passing laws to limit transgender athletes to competing only in categories corresponding to their birth gender. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.
LeBron James And Other Members Of The Lakers Sport Mock MAGA Hats
On Tuesday evening, prior to the first-round playoff series game against the Portland Trailblazers, members of the Los Angeles Lakers, including NBA legend LeBron James, rocked mock MAGA caps which had the words, “Great Again,” crossed out and replaced with “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.” James, easily one of the biggest influences in modern sports, also wore a shirt that said “By Any Means” on it, while also posting up the slogan on Instagram, writing, “By Any Means!! Lets Get It #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor.” Now, to be fair, what happened to Taylor is absolutely horrific and absolutely uncalled for. The woman was shot while in her bed and there’s definitely reason to be angry about this situation being unresolved. The real issue here is whether or not it’s acceptable to participate in political activism while on the job. Do we really need to politicize sports like we have the rest of life? via The Daily Wire: Some of the other members of the Lakers squad who donned the mock MAGA hats included Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, and JR Smith, as The Daily Mail reported. After the game, James told reporters, “You know the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky. An innocent woman being killed, by the name of Breonna Taylor. A woman who had a bright future. Her life was taken away from her. There’s been no arrests, there’s been no justice, not only for her, but for her family … We want to continue to shed light on that situation because it’s just unjust. That’s what it’s about.” https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/1295942946198417408 Last month, James told reporters at a press conference, “The same energy that we have on the floor is the same energy that we have towards having justice for Breonna Taylor…
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