Utah Jazz fans have been notorious for their bad behavior towards opposing players, but it really came to a head in the last couple days when OKC Thunder star Russell Westbrook had to threaten to kick the ass of two fans for their remarks towards him.
It got even worse when footage surfaced the next day showing another Jazz fan referring to Westbrook as “boy” during the 2018 NBA playoffs.
Bill Simmons spoke about Utah’s reputation among players for nasty fan behavior, in his most recent podcast.
The big picture takeaway of this is that Utah has, their fans have the worst reputations in the league for doing this stuff. And if you talk to anyone around the NBA it’s like, “what’s the worst place to play?” It’s like, “Utah, ‘cause they’ll yell shit at you and they get super personal.” And that’s—everybody says that, it’s not, this is not one of those things where it’s like “Simmons accuses,” like, whatever, I could see the terrible blog posts being written. It’s just a fact! Go ask anyone in basketball what’s the worst place to play, they’ll say Utah.
On Thursday, Jazz owner Gail Miller grabbed a microphone while standing at mid-court to read a prepared statement to the fan base to express their fandom without resorting to nastiness and racism.
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