The team announced Tuesday that the ban is effective immediately and includes all arena events after conducting an investigation.
Westbrook did not apologize for his heated remarks to the fans and said his threat towards the man and his wife was in response to "completely disrespectful" comments made towards him.
For me, I'm just not going to continue to take disrespect for my family.
After painting context on that situation, such as noting the fan's suspect tweets in the past about Westbrook, Danny Kanell, along with Bell, added that if the fan didn't want that kind of reaction from Westbrook, he could've kept his mouth shut. "As a black man living in a community I love, and playing on a team that gives me the opportunity to live out my dreams, this incident hits close to home".
As you can see, Westbrook was having a good time until he heard the word "boy" thrown his way.
Following the incident, some members of the national media are taking fans in Utah to task for what happened on Monday night.
"I don't confront fans, fans confront me", Westbrook told reporters after the Thunder's season-ending loss, including Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. "That's heat.' I'm like, 'Well you're gonna need it" and then it turned". Thunder players Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton confirmed his story, and multiple parties indicated that Keisel's dialogue throughout the night had racist undertones. "Everything I love", Westbrook said. He said he did not swear at the Thunder star. However, a litany of Twitter sleuths quickly got to work searching Keisel's account and uncovered a history of egregious tweets, some of them overtly racial in nature, at least one of which included use of the n-word, and some that even addressed Westbrook directly.
"Russ is just f-bombing, and carrying on, acting a fool and everybody is getting on him", Keisel told KSL-TV. It's truly disrespectful. (They) talk about your families, your kids.
While NBA megastar LeBron James didn't point to one particular instance where he was the target of fans' racism, he did say he tries to block everything out before stating the obvious about the league: "Racism, we know, exists". "We have to show them what's right".
"I didn't confront fans; fans confronted me", Westbrook said after that game.
"I think there are a lot of great fans that like to come to the game and enjoy the game". "I love our fans but there are limits that cannot be crossed!"