Initially reported by Black Sports Online, Utahn Shane Keisel — who allegedly told Westbrook to “get down on your knees like you’re used to,” prompting the athlete to shout at him and his wife during a game Monday night — appears to have posted now-deleted tweets that used slurs and praised President Donald Trump.
Russell Westbrook says the comment from the Jazz fan that set him off was: “Get down on your knees like you’re used to.” pic.twitter.com/i0vIlblSwJ
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 12, 2019
“Come at me n****r boy,” Keisel tweeted after the incident began going viral, according to The Root.
Wow Shane Keisel the truth shall set you free…what a racist pos! Nice to have a safe court side seat to yell unpleasantries, try saying anything like that on the streets pic.twitter.com/Aw6IkgkOIo
— $HAUN (@shaunkyser) March 12, 2019
Prior to the game, he also apparently wrote that Westbrook is a “piece of classless sh*t” and that someone needs to “kick his ass.”
Smh, Shane Keisel is a fraud pic.twitter.com/idLpGQ7cyb
— Easy Money Sniper (@_Ericbritt) March 12, 2019
In a tweet from March 2018, the Utah Jazz fan said Westbrook “needs to go back where he came from” — and added a #MAGA hashtag.
Echoing Trump’s alleged “sh*thole countries” comment, another screenshot suggests that Keisel once wrote that a photo of a street in an unnamed African country “looks like a sh*thole” to him.
— justine~justine (@justine222) March 12, 2019
UPDATE 3:10 PM EST
Keisel denied the characterization of his courtside argument with Westbrook in an interview with KSL-TV and claimed he told the player, “Sit down and ice your knees, bro.”