Russell Westbrook found himself in a heated verbal argument with a fan game on Monday night against the Jazz in Utah.
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The raw and sincere emotion within Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey came out Thursday morning after a sleepless night as he instructed the fallout from the event involving a fan of Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. [19659004] Lindsey said he apologized to Thunder general manager Sam Presti and the organization. He said Jazz players and owners would "do something sincere" following the permanent ban of fans from the Vivint Smart Home Arena of Utah.

"Our players are smart and socially conscious and would like to use it as a forum," Lindsey says. USA TODAY. "Thabo (Sefolosha) said about his time in Italy, and all black and white had a story, but our country, like Pop (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich) said, we need to talk about our national sin.

"People might say, & # 39; Hey, whatever, the fan said is a small thing. & # 39; Well, no. What to do is to feel everything is small, and every Caucasian should look their own and see their heart. "

The incident occurred on Monday night between Thunder and Jazz. Westbrook got into the video that delivered a nasty tirade to the fans – later identified as Shane Keisel – and his wife, and then told reporters that Keisel said, "You kneel down like your former one."

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Speaking to the USA TODAY on the phone, Lindsey has a deep personal story that she wants to share about the intersection of her life and the incident.

Lindsey at one point or another told the stories separately: how he grew up with the parents of children who administered the homes of disadvantaged youth n and how he lives in homes; longtime friendship with Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Melvin Hunt, an African-American; and the death of his mother because of a drunk driver when he was in college at Baylor.

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But sharing stories at once – matters to who Lindsey is as a person – forced him to Get emotional pauses.

"Some of them I talked to and some of them were the first time I told the public," Lindsey says. "I grew up a little."

Three times, he lived with the fallen child at home – sometimes with a baby, once from the second to fourth grade and once from the middle of his sophomore high school year by Her senior year.

"White, black, Hispanic, Asian, you name the race, I literally are in a house with 10 to 12 children disabled," Lindsey says. "The thing that I'm going to say about this when you live with someone in a closer vicinity, you realize that there is a race – the human race. That's what we need to talk about. That's the national discussion and we just need to admit where it is and where our hearts are many of these are fears and ignorance. "

In high school, Lindsey emerged as a talented basketball player, as did shot

" We were persuaded together, and guess what? on the same recruitment visit, and guess what? We like one, and guess what? We're together, "Lindsey says.

In Lindsey's second year, her parents visited her and watched the game. They had dinner at the IHOP, and while on their way, a drunkard crossed the middle line, carrying Lindseys's car and killing her mother.

"This is the part that rationalize the conversation., Give me a second," Lindsey said.

Twenty seconds passed, he continued: "So my stepmother gets Melvin's number and asks her to be someone telling me," she says. [15] So everyone needs to know … "

Ten seconds later:" Black man from Tallulah, Louisiana, tells a Caucasian man from Clute, Texas, whose mother has passed that's all. Only two people hugging, interacting with him a thousand times privately. "

As the friendship of Hunt and her mother's death are always interlinked, Lindsey said, "The couple's twin the most important thing that sits on me today. usually speaks about the incident and does not get emotional and speak in diversity and does not get emotional, but this one is so raw and it reaches home.

"Literally, somehow I have to get the courage to speak the same because everyone understands it. Not male or female or people with different colors When the hours are thick, together Even though it was a tragic situation, it brought the best of two different people from two different places.

"This is a story that has long been overdue given in our climate. feel a certain way and just listen for a second. "

Emotional, thoughtful, angry and inspired, Lindsey did not want that moment.

Lindsey's final text of his sleepless night was sent to Jazz coach Quin Snyder at 4:53 am ET. he had not slept until 6. He was a few hours later, talking to Jazz president Steve Starks and vice president Walt Perrin's players. He had ACC Tournament games in scout later this day.

"Very much I trust in our community, "Lindsey said." Our community has a good heart, I trust in our organization and we hope to lead from the front to come.

"It's a talent to divide people. It's a special person or special organization that can unite people and say, 'We are not standing for this bad language.' ; It hurts me personally. Our people are hurt, especially our players.

"I'll take the downfall from the nonsense that's there. Follow Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter @JeffZillgitt


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