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Vernon Maxwell reveals he trolls Utah on Twitter because of racist Jazz fans

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Former Houston Rockets guard Vernon Maxwell had words for Utah Jazz fans after the team blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs.

Maxwell had a run of tweets aimed at the Jazz and their fans following the series, even insulting their intelligence and joking about an apparent lack of amenities.

Maxwell explained why he incessantly trolls Jazz fans on Twitter during a recent interview with GQ Magazine:

“I’ve thought about stuff I’ve said about Utah because their fans were just so racist to me when I was out there,” the former Rockets talent said, via Michael Pina of GQ. “There are racist fans in the NBA — besides Portland — so that’s where I felt like I wanted to stick it back to them, because of the things that still stick in my mind they were saying to me. The people spitting. When they walk by people would spit on you. There are so many bad memories about Utah. I know it’s a long time ago, but I’m like an elephant. I don’t forget shit.”

Unfortunately, Maxwell seems to have a point.

Jazz fans have been involved in a number of run-ins with players in recent years, including an incident with Russell Westbrook in 2019.

Utah guard Donovan Mitchell’s post about Juneteenth–the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States–was met with backlash and anger in the comments.

The former Rockets standout chooses to make light of the issue, though there is indeed a disturbing history of racist behavior from Jazz fans. As such, “Mad Max” has no issue ripping into the franchise or its fan base.