Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder apologized to Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant and his family after they were subjected to racism in Salt Lake City. During Game 2, three Jazz fans directed vulgar, racist language at Morant's family.
The Jazz organization reacted by indefinitely banning the three fans. "First, I'd like to apologize to Ja and his family," Snyder said after Friday's practice, per ESPN. "No one should have to be subjected to the kind of behavior that they were the other night.
It's deplorable. And the people that made those comments should be banned for life. I'm sorry for [his family] to have to endure that and as I said it's deplorable and concerning and should not be tolerated."
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell praised Morant and his family for the way they reacted. "You've seen guys say that the way they [would have] handled it would be totally different," Mitchell said. "It's beyond unfortunate and it needs to change.
It happened here. Trae [Young] got spit on in New York, [Russell Westbrook] getting popcorn thrown at him, and we obviously hear what's going on in Boston, too. Enough is enough, man. "I feel like banning them is great, but I don't think they should be back.
I understand there's more to it than that, and I understand that that's what the league and team is working on, but I feel like there's no place for that in life, not even just in the game of basketball."
Morant calls it 'unacceptable'
"Obviously, it's very unacceptable what went on," Morant said. "My family's doing well. It's just mind-blowing that that type of stuff still continues in the world today.
But our focus now, me and my family, is Game 3. Probably go home, watch basketball with them tonight to prepare, and we're very excited to be back home in Memphis, where we're comfortable and have fans who embrace us and love us, treat us like their own."
Morant dropped 47 points in Game 2 but the Grizzlies lost and the series is now tied at 1-1. "I've heard about Utah before," Morant said. "I invited a lot of people, double-digits for sure, and I know where they sit during the game, so anytime I get in my groove and getting to talking I always look to them because I know where they're at and I know they're probably talking the same just like me, so I actually get a lot of energy from them.
I went on a little run in that third quarter, and I just happened to look up at my people and I see them talking with security."