Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey tells profound story of race, life after Russell Westbrook incident

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Russell Westbrook found himself in a heated verbal argument with a fan during Monday night’s game against the Jazz in Utah.
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The raw and honest emotion inside Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey came out Thursday morning after a sleepless night as he dealt with the fallout from the incident involving a Jazz fan and Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Lindsey said he apologized to Thunder general manager Sam Presti and the organization. He said Jazz players and ownership “are going to do something that’s heartfelt” following the fan’s permanent ban from Utah’s Vivint Smart Home Arena.

“Our players are smart and socially conscious and want to use this as a forum,” Lindsey told USA TODAY. “Thabo (Sefolosha) talked about his time in Italy, and everybody black and white has a story, but our country, like Pop (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich) said, we have to talk about our national sin.

“People may say, ‘Hey, whatever, what the fan said was a small thing.’ Well, it’s not. What it does is make everyone feel small, and every Caucasian should take a look at themselves and look at their heart.”

The incident occurred during Monday night’s game…

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