Utah Jazz Fan Shane Keisel Permanently Banned From Arena After Verbal Altercation With Russell Westbrook

The Utah Jazz has banned a fan from attending all arena events following his verbal altercation with Oklahoma City Thunder star player Russell Westbrook on Monday night.

The organization released a statement on their Twitter on Tuesday stating that the fan, Shane Keisel, is permanently banned from Vivint Smart Home Arena, effective immediately, after “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player during the game that violated the NBA Code of Conduct.”

The team stated that their decision came after reviewing video evidence and eyewitness accounts.

“The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately,” the organization wrote. “There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”

Video captured an altercation between a critical fan Keisel and his wife involving Westbrook. “You think I’m playing. I swear to god,” he can be seen saying to Keisel, in the beginning in a video, linked here due to language.

Keisel and four other fans received warning cards, but were able to return to their seats for the remainder of the game.

Following the game, Westbrook told reporters that Keisel and his wife told him to “get on your knees like you’re used to,” which Westbrook said he interpreted as racial, disrespectful and inappropriate.

Two of Westbrook’s teammates, Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton, who were sitting nearby on the bench during the verbal altercation, said that they heard Keisel make this comment as well.

Despite the accounts of Westbrook’s teammates, Keisel denied saying anything racist or profane to Westbrook, and had a different account of the exchange insisting that he said: “Sit down and ice your knees, bro.”

Westbrook has been fined $ 25,000 by the NBA for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan, the association announced Tuesday afternoon.

Sports – TIME

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Hugh Jackman Is Launching His First Ever World Arena Tour in 2019

(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman will launch his first ever world tour next year, performing at arenas mostly reserved for pop, rock and rap stars.

The multi-talented entertainer announced his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” tour on Thursday, which will feature Jackman singing songs from “The Greatest Showman,” ”Les Miserables” and Broadway musicals, among other selections. He will be accompanied by a live orchestra.

The tour starts in Europe, officially kicking off in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 2019. He will pay two shows at The O2 Arena in London.

The North American leg begins June 18 in Houston and he will perform twice at both New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

Most tickets go on sale Dec. 7. Tickets for the MSG shows go on sale Dec. 10.


Entertainment – TIME

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Snapbac to Enter Activewear Arena

Kevin Bello believes he’s built a better mousetrap when it comes to performance activewear.
The Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, who has a background in medical devices and marketing, has created Snapbac, a line of men’s and women’s apparel that addresses all the needs of today’s athletes.
Bello said the collection will address all three phases of performance athletics: the warm-up, the workout and the cool-down. Snapbac employs medical-grade compression in its tights and tops with a patented dual-layer system of design in which thermal therapy pods can be inserted.
The pods can be heated in a microwave and placed anywhere in the garment during a warm-up, removed for the actual workout and then cooled in a freezer and reinserted in the garment post-workout.
“There’s no need to saran wrap your knees anymore,” Bello explained in explaining his collection of “wearable therapy” apparel. “Most people who train seriously subscribe to the three key phases of warming up, working out and recovering. But what sometimes happens is they may skip out on the warm up or cool down part. Ultimately these people  often fail to reach their full potential due simply to the demands of living their normal life. Snapbac was developed with consideration for the need for

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