NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah.
Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.
Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. That led to Westbrook being caught on video threatening physical harm to the fan.
The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline.
The Jazz say that the fan was banned for "excessive and derogatory verbal abuse" during the game.
"The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately. There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect," a statement from the team reads.
Donovan Mitchell tweeted he was "personally hurt" by the incident, saying "the Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night's incident is not indicative of our fanbase."
Mitchell also said it's "not the first time something like this has happened in our arena" and "we should not be subject to hate speech or racist acts."