The Utah Jazz fan completely banned from Vivint Good House Enviornment following a verbal confrontation with Russell Westbrook throughout a recreation there final season is suing the workforce and the purpose guard.
Within the lawsuit filed Monday, a replica of which was obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune, Shane Keisel claims that language he and his girlfriend, Jennifer Huff, used towards Westbrook was “the identical sort and caliber as that of the opposite viewers members within the part” — and never racist and derogatory, because the then-Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder star alleged on the time.
Keisel and Huff, are looking for $100 million in damages on claims of defamation and emotional misery, per the lawsuit obtained by the Tribune.
The incident in query occurred final March.
After an OKC win, video of Westbrook saying, “I am going to f— you up” to Keisel and Huff whereas standing close to the top of the Thunder bench went viral. Westbrook mentioned it was an emotional response to Keisel telling him, “Get in your knees such as you’re used to,” a remark Westbrook thought-about “utterly disrespectful” and “racial.”
Keisel claimed on the time that he instructed Westbrook to “ice these knees up,” and in Monday’s lawsuit, he reiterated that what he mentioned to Westbrook, now a member of the Rockets, was mischaracterized. He added that his household has been harassed and that he has misplaced work because the incident.
The Jazz banned Keisel completely final March. The NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 “for steering profanity and threatening language to a fan.”
“The group investigated the underlying incident and acted in an acceptable and accountable method,” Frank Zang, senior vp of communications for Larry H. Miller Sports activities and Leisure, instructed the Tribune. “We intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit.”