Utah Jazz fans have done nothing to dispel the notion that their behavior towards players is usually racially motivated.
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant’s father, Tee Morant, said Friday that Utah Jazz fans made insensitive comments toward the family of Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks during Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
According to John Martin of The Athletic, Morant said the fans were calling Brooks’ family “half-breeds.”
Morant previously said that fans made racist remarks toward him and sexually explicit comments to his wife, Jamie.
In a statement, the Jazz announced that three fans had been banned indefinitely from attending games at Vivint Arena:
“The Utah Jazz have zero tolerance for offensive or disruptive behavior. An incident occurred last night involving a verbal altercation during Game 2. Arena security staff intervened, and the investigation resulted in the removal and banning of three Jazz fans indefinitely.
“We apologize to all who were impacted by this unfortunate incident and condemn unacceptable fan behavior.”
Even Jazz owner Ryan Smith said that he was “embarrassed and sorry.”
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