Three fans at Wednesday’s Utah Jazz-Memphis Grizzlies game at Utah’s Vivint Arena were banned for comments directed at Ja Morant’s family.
"The Utah Jazz have zero tolerance for offensive or disruptive behavior," the team said in a statement Thursday. "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. The Utah Jazz are committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment."
In three games on Wednesday, three incidents resulted in indefinite bans:
- A person dumped popcorn on Washington’s Russell Westbrook as he headed for the locker room during the Wizards’ game in Philadelphia against the Sixers.
- A person spit at Atlanta’s Trae Young as he got ready to inbound the ball during the Hawks' game in New York against the Knicks.
Morant, who scored a career-high 47 points in the 141-129 loss, took to Twitter later Thursday after the bans were announced. Responding to a tweet with the news, Morant wrote: "my family should be able cheer for me & my teammates without getting inappropriate (expletive) said to them."
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