Phew chili, daring! That’s probably exactly how NBA star Russell Westbrook feels after learning recently that he’s being chased. You may remember earlier this year when a fan was banned from future games for telling Russell to kneel down like you did.
In March of this year, a Utah Jazz fan was officially banned by the team for shouting racist and derogatory remarks at Russell Westbrook, who at the time was playing Jazz for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fast forward to now and Shane Keisel (the fan) is suing Russell and Utah Jazz for $ 100 million in compensatory and punitive damages, alleging defamation and the infliction of emotional distress, as reported by @Blavity.
Keisel says he lost his job as a result of the incident and has also received death threats because he says he only told Russell to “kneel down so you can play later.” The trial also states:
“The crowd was shocked by the ferocity of Mr. Westbrook’s explosion when he was only told to take care of his knees, albeit in a mocking manner, which implied that he should use them extensively to ensure his team’s victory. “
Utah Jazz responded to the Keisel trial by calling it “without legal and factual basis” and by stating that “the organization investigated the underlying incident and acted in an appropriate and responsible manner. We intend to vigorously defend the trial. “
When Russell was fined $ 25,000 for his momentum, he had already said the following about the incident:
“To me, it’s completely disrespectful. To me, I think it’s racial and inappropriate. There are a lot of big fans around the world who like to come to the game to enjoy it, (and) there are people who come to the game to say mean and disrespectful things about me and my family. ”
Russell has yet to respond publicly to the trial.
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