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Celtics star Kyrie Irving glad Thunder’s Russell Westbrook is okay, says he’s heard racial taunts in Utah before

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Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving is glad Oklahoma City Thunder star guard Russell Westbrook is okay after what happened to the former MVP on Monday in Utah.

A Jazz fan told Westbrook to “Get on your knees like you’re used to.” Westbrook went back at the fan with a profanity-laced rant and the video went viral.

Utah banned the fan for life from attending games the next day. Westbrook, meanwhile, was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions.

Kyrie Irving, speaking to reporters about the incident on Thursday after the Celtics defeated the Sacramento Kings at home, says he’s heard racial taunts in Utah and other cities he’s played in.

The Jazz did the right thing by banning the fan for life from the stadium. Although the fans in Utah have a history of saying bad things to players, not every Jazz fan is going to say harmful things like that.

Uncle Drew is right in the sense that fans are going to be passionate, but what the fan on Monday said to Russell Westbrook was way over the line. At the end of the day, we are all humans and should treat each other with kindness.

One would surmise the security at Jazz games is going to be more heavy now.