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Utah Jazz ban 3 fans; one told Ja Morant’s dad, “I’ll put a nickel in your back and watch you dance, boy”

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 23: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Utah Jazz during Round 1, Game 1 of the the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 23, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Utah Jazz are banning three fans after an incident occurred in game two against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Jazz did not detail what exactly happened in Wednesday night�s game. However, security got involved and removed the fan shortly after. 

The incident involved the three fans plus the family of Ja Morant. The fans verbally attacked Morants family with sexual, vulgar, and racist remarks. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that one of the banned Jazz fans told Ja Morants’ dad Tee, “I’ll put a nickel in your back and watch you dance, boy.”

Ja Morant posted later on Thursday, agreeing with Utah’s decision to ban the fans, writing, “my family should be able to cheer for me and my teammates without getting inappropriate s— said to them.”

Several incidents took place throughout Wednesday night, resulting in five total fans losing access to their team�s arena. A New York Knicks fan spat on Trae Young. In addition, a Philadephia 76ers fan threw popcorn at Russell Westbrook, both resulting in removal from the arena. 

Westbrook’s History With Jazz Fans

Mar 11, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) hands his shoes to an Oklahoma City Thunder fan after the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Oklahoma City Thunder won 114-104. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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Westbrook has also had his incidents with Utah Jazz fans. Jazz fan Shane Keisel heckled Russell Westbrook back in 2019, which led to a verbal altercation.  

Westbrook didn�t appreciate the words used by Keisel, so Westbrook fired back with some words of his own. A video surfaced, and the Jazz ended up banning Keisel indefinitely. 

Kiesel and his wife tried suing Westbrook and the Jazz for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. However, on Thursday, the $100 million case was dismissed.

This incident between Westbrook and Keisel sparked other players to voice their opinions on Utah Jazz fans. Former NBA players such as Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes said some fans crossed certain lines sometimes on their teams� trips to Utah. 

Even former Jazz players know that some Utah Jazz fans can take things a little too far. 

NBA players around the league have shared their thoughts on the current situation regarding some of these fans. Players such as Kevin Durant and Lebron James Tweeted about what occurred Wednesday night. 

Fans are finally starting to make their way back into arenas, and players love it because it makes playoff basketball more exciting. However, fans should not cross certain lines when it comes to their interactions with the players.

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