Game two between Utah and Memphis was electric on Wednesday night, as playoff energy roared throughout the corridor's of the Jazz home arena.
Unfortunately, and disgustingly, three of those voices decided to spew racist and inappropriate remarks towards Tee Morant, and his wife Jamie. The Morant's are the parents of the second year Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant.
In an article published by ESPN, they referenced Tee Morant as saying, "I know heckling. We were doing that the whole game. But that's different than heckling. That's straight up disrespectful. That was too far out of line. You don't say nothing like that heckling. That's beyond heckling."
The Utah Jazz quickly dealt with the verbal abuse, ejecting all three fans and banning them from Vivint Smart Home Arena. Later, the Jazz came out with a statement regarding the incident stating:
"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."
Jazz owners Ryan Smith and Dwayne Wade, alongside All-Star Donovan Mitchell also made comments regarding the verbal abuse.
Ja Morant was graceful about the situation, calling out the fans using the racist remarks, while also acknowledging the good Jazz fans that surrounded his family. According to Tim MacMahon, it was those Jazz fans who confronted the "hecklers" and alerted the Arena security. Some Jazz fans also bought the Morant's beer's and did their best to help make their time at the game as enjoyable as possible.
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