Donovan Mitchell releases statement on Russell Westbrook incident with fan

According to Westbrook and his teammates, he was told to “get down” on his knees during gameplay.

Donovan Mitchell is speaking out on Russell Westbrook’s incident with a fan in Utah.

Westbrook was captured on video screaming “I’ll f— you up, you and your wife” to hecklers Monday during Oklahoma City’s 98-89 win over the Jazz.

Mitchell released a statement Tuesday via the Deseret News, saying he was “deeply hurt” by the exchange and promised to help improve the environment in NBA arenas moving forward.

“I am personally hurt by the incident at the game on March 11th,” Mitchell said. “As a black man living in a community I love, and playing on a team that gives me the opportunity to live out my dreams, this incident hits close to home.

“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena,” he continued. “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fanbase. We don’t want to create a negative reputation for athletes who potentially may want to come to Utah.”


Five Jazz fans were reportedly given “warning cards” for their inappropriate actions during the dispute. But they were able to return to their seats once the problem was addressed.

According to Westbrook and his teammates, he was told to “get down” on his knees during gameplay.


Utah announced Monday it would continue to investigate the occurrence moving forward.