Three Jazz fans were removed from Game 2 and banned from Vivint Arena Wednesday night after an apparent incident involving the family of Grizzlies star Ja Morant.
Morant’s dad, Tee Morant, detailed what happened in the stands in an interview with ESPN Thursday. He said there were three separate incidents in the stands that went beyond regular heckling.
“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,” Tee Morant told ESPN.
He added that one fan made a sexual remark to his wife, Janice, and it got worse from there.
“I’ll put a nickel in your back and watch you dance, boy,” Tee Morant said one fan told him.
The Jazz released a statement about the incident.
“The Utah Jazz have zero tolerance for offensive or disruptive behavior. An incident occurred last night involving a verbal altercation during Game 2,” the team said. “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. The Utah Jazz are committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment.”
Dwyane Wade, who recently joined the team’s ownership group, also commented on the incident.
“If we turn our backs on this kind of behavior we’re all apart of the problem. This will not be tolerated! Apologies once again to Ja and his family,” he wrote.
Ja Morant agreed with the Jazz’s decision to ban the fans.
“as they should . my family should be able cheer for me & my teammates without getting inappropriate s—t said to them,” Morant tweeted.
Game 3 is set for Saturday night at 9:30 pm ET.