An outburst caught on video between NBA player Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan at Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder has gone viral and made national news.

Westbrook claimed it turned racial, which sparked his anger. The fan, Shane Keisel, said those claims are false and he is not a racist.

Interestingly enough, we dug up some of his old racist tweets. 

Keisel told Felicia Martinez of KSL TV he’s been advised to shut down his social media accounts ahead of potential legal action and denied there was any racist language directed toward Westbrook. He also said his family has received death threats since the altercation.

“I don’t care. He can threaten me all he wants,” he said. “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 told Martinez he said “sit down and ice your knees, bro” and none of his comments toward Westbrook were race-based.

The Jazz announced the fan was permanently banned from the arena following an investigation:

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts provided a comment about the situation to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears:

If he actually follows thru on this,  discovery will either prove he’s a racist or clear his name. 

Think that’s a win-win for jazz fans not related to this dude.

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