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Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook said he was verbally provoked before directing a profanity-laced tirade at a fan during the Thunder's 98-89 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday in Salt Lake City.

"I think there's been dialogue amongst the team, the coaches, management, ownership", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Westbrook said after the game that the National Basketball Association needed to do a better job policing the fans that attend games and yell things at players. A 2008 Bleacher Report story highlighted an incident where former Jazz player Derek Fisher was subjected to insensitive taunts about his daughter having cancer when he returned to Utah playing for another team. "If anything, it brings light to something the league, along with players - everybody can try to make it better". Mitchell noted the incident was "not the first time something like that has happened in [their] arena". What the video didn't show were the disparaging comments the fan made to Westbrook before his outburst.

Earlier in the day, Miller sent an email to fans on the team's mailing list with instructions to send a text message to the arena if they should see anyone violating the conduct code.

"I don't really mind the fan interaction, but not while I'm at work and you're trying to get me to go", he said.

Ahead of the match-up between the Jazz and the Timberwolves at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Miller took the mic to tell those in attendance that she abhors the incident between the player and a Jazz fan, TMZ reported. I think it is racial.

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In United, we're up against one of the most in-form teams in Europe, so it's exciting". "But they've turned it around completely now, they're a different club at the moment".

The fan, 45-year-old Shane Keisel, told ESPN that he did not cuss at Westbrook or say anything inappropriate. Others have not been as pleasant, and Denver's Will Barton said he believes fans know they can get a reaction from Westbrook. "And if I had to do it again, I would say the same exact thing, because I truly will stand up for myself, for my family, for my kids, for my wife, for my mom, for my dad every single time". I've never been in any trouble, never fought a fan. So on Monday night, when he said he heard Keisel yelling to him, "get on [your] knees like you used to", that was no exception.

Furthermore, like Boston in the past, Utah has become a place where players come to expect hearing racist remarks. "She was sat down the entire time", the fan said.

That statement was met with applause from fans and players.

On Thursday night, Jazz owner Gail Miller made it perfectly clear that the Jazz don't condone the fan's action, giving a speech prior to the game.

Westbrook has had run-ins with fans before - and reacted calmly last month when it appeared he was touched by a child sitting courtside.

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