About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game.

Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse.

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 After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season, including ones involving racist taunts, zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behavior is to become the NBA’s policy going forward. 

The league is changing and toughening its code of conduct for fans, especially putting those in closest proximity to the players and the court on alert that anything over the line will lead to ejections and possibly more.

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