Keisel claims the confrontation began when he told Westbrook (whose knees were heavily wrapped) to "ice those knees up". In the video, Westbrook could be heard shouting toward the stands: "I'll f-k you up". I swear to god. 'I'll f*ck you up. Nah, f*ck that! Nah, f*ck that! "The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night's incident is not indicative of our fanbase". So I'm like...well, you're going to need it. "He said he's filing a lawsuit against Russell Westbrook, and he's has been advised to shut down his social media accounts".
"He just went nuts", Keisel told ESPN after the game and said his girlfriend never spoke.
"To me that's just completely disrespectful", Westbrook told reporters. And then, one thing about as bad as social media is, the good thing about social media came out when they went through everything he's said about Russ, said about other people in his little timeline. "I don't think it's fair to the players".
After calling for "consequences" for fans who cross the line, Westbrook said, "If I had to do it over again, I would say the exact same thing". "I expect anybody else to do the same".
"As for beating up his wife, I have never put my hand on a woman", he said. I've never seen a fan get interviewed like that before. It was the second interaction that night for Westbrook with a courtside fan, with him turning and snapping at one who said something to him as he exited the floor at halftime. "So that's kind of how that started", Westbrook explained. "I was the one talking to him".
As Jeremiah Jensen of KSL 5 TV revealed, Keisel stated that he did not curse at Westbrook and that he thought they were "having fun initially". Previous year in the playoff series between the Thunder and Jazz, Westbrook talked about fans in Utah after a few altercations with them during the series.
According to the Deseret News, five fans received "warning cards" related to the incident.
Part of Westbrook's statement included calling on the National Basketball Association to better protect its players and render punishment for fans who are responsible for creating a volatile environment.
The organization released a statement on their Twitter on Tuesday stating that the fan, Shane Keisel, is permanently banned from Vivint Smart Home Arena, effective immediately, after "excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player during the game that violated the NBA Code of Conduct".
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell responded to Westbrook's comments last season, saying these incidents happen everywhere, not just in Utah.
"Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans". Talk about your families, your kids, and it's just disrespect to the game.