Lakers’ LeBron James voices for support Russell Westbrook after incident with Jazz fan
After their 123-107 victory over the Chicago Bulls, James entertained questions on the recent Westbrook-Jazz fan incident. After a thorough investigation, the NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 for his inappropriate interaction with the fan. The fan, Shane Keisel, was permanently banned by the Utah franchise from attending home games.
Per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers superstar praised the Jazz for actions on the matter.
“That guy just took it too far, on the other end. There could’ve been some words that Russ could’ve said a little bit differently. But at the end of the day, he was in the right, that guy’s in the wrong. I salute the Utah Jazz and their organization on doing what they did.”
On Russell Westbrook and the fan in Utah, LeBron James supports Westbrook and the Jazz for banning the fan. He added there’s a bold line, not a fine line, between cheering for your team and being disrespectful. “Everyone knows when you’re crossing that line.” pic.twitter.com/XiCEZcaWdw
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 13, 2019
LeBron James added that he respects fans who shell out their hard-earned money to watch the game and the NBA players. But he pointed out that there’s a “bold” line between supporting your team and heckling the opposing side.
“Am I heckling the opposing guy? Or am I crossing a line? And there’s a fine line, well, there’s not a fine line, that line is very bold. Everyone knows that when you’re crossing that line.”
It’s a good ending to what could’ve been an incident blown out of heavy proportions. Though it’s a single case, the fact that it occurred in a big stage signifies a big step towards eradicating the racial problems that have been hounding the country.