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Banned Fan Files Suit Against Russell Westbrook and Jazz Seeking $100 Million in Damages

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Russell Westbrook is being sued for $100 million by a Utah Jazz fan who was banned from the stadium | Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

The ongoing saga between former Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan who barked potentially racial comments at him isn't over just yet, as the fan in question is looking for a nine-figure payday.

Shane Keisel, who was banned from all Jazz home games after the incident last season, is seeking $100 million in damages, claiming defamation of character and emotional distress.

Keisel was banned from Vivint Smart Home Arena in March after it was discovered he made derogatory comments directed at Westbrook. Russ was fined $25,000 for his response to Keisel.

Keisel and his girlfriend allege that the language they used towards Westbrook was "the same kind and caliber as that of the other audience members in the section" and that it was not racially motivated. The comment that drove Westbrook over the edge was when Keisel told Westbrook to "get on your knees like you're used to," a comment Westbrook considered "completely disrespectful" and "racial."

Not long after Keisel was banned, a second Jazz fan was later barred from the team's home games after it was discovered they had called Westbrook "boy" during a game.

Keisel might have a chance to get some sort of out-of-court settlement, but asking for $100 million when he was originally in the wrong is either a clever negotiating ploy or the height of hubris.