Jazz fan Shane Keisel has been banned from Jazz games.

The situation involving Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fan Shane Keisel has taken some twists. On Monday night, it was mostly Westbrook’s comments towards Keisel of “I’ll fuck you up. You and your wife, I’ll fuck you up” that were caught on video and got wide attention. But even then, players like Westbrook’s teammate Patrick Patterson weighed in on what Keisel was allegedly saying to start that confrontation, with Patterson describing it as Keisel saying “Get down on your knees like you’re used to” (which Westbrook also said was the case in a post-game interview.) And after an investigation, the Jazz announced Tuesday that they’ve banned Keisel from all future events at their arena:

The NBA announced a fine for Westbrook as well:

Meanwhile, before that ban was announced, Keisel (who’s a former Utah highway patrolman, a current Toyota salesman, and also apparently the cousin of former Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive end Brett Keisel) spoke to KSL TV (Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate), and claimed he didn’t say anything racist. He also said he plans to sue Westbrook. Here’s the video from KSL’s News at Noon:

And the key parts from their transcript:

“We were just two men, I thought, having fun initially,” Keisel said after the game. “It turned to, I mean the guy is F-wording everything. He’s just a classless dude.”

…Keisel claimed he said, “Sit down and ice your knees, bro.”

…Keisel said there were no racial remarks made from him or anyone around him. He said he’s filing a lawsuit against Russell Westbrook, and he’s has been advised to shut down his social media accounts.

“I don’t care,” he said. “He can threaten me all he wants. I was the one talking to him … but don’t threaten a woman. She’s 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, man. Never said a word to him.”

Keisel said he and his family have been receiving death threats, and the picture painted of him is wrong.

We’ll see if anything comes of this lawsuit. But it’s certainly interesting that the Jazz have already banned Keisel based off their own investigation. And it’s notable that Jazz star Donovan Mitchell sent out his own statement Tuesday saying he was “personally hurt” by the incident Monday night, and that “racism and hate speech hurts us all.”

Meanwhile, NBPA executive director Michelle Roberts told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears that she wants a zero-tolerance policy on fan behavior across the league, and that the arenas “have to do a better job of insulating our players”:

It seems likely this incident, and the fallout from it, will be a hot topic of NBA discussion for quite a while.


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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

1 thought on “Jazz permanently ban fan Shane Keisel for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” of Russell Westbrook, Keisel plans lawsuit

  1. Look the Utah Jazz did investigate and interview all the people surounding the Keisels and they confirmed Westbrooks account of the events that took place. Both Shane Keisel and his wife were constantly yelling racial insults to Westbrook during the game. Many published accounts also showed that Shane Keisel had a twitter account where he attacked Westbrook with racial comments on Westbrooks twitter account in the last two years. Published reports also show that Shane Keisel was a former Utah highway patrol officer who was dismissed, why, is open to speculation as the Utah state patrol has not yet commented. For Keisel to now claim he is some sort of victim or his wife for that matter as she also took part in the events and now file a law suit is absolutely laughable.

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