Gail Miller tells fans that Jazz will have zero tolerance with the NBA fan code of conduct

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SALT LAKE CITY – (KUTV) – Utah Jazz owner, Gail Miller, sent a message to Jazz ticket holders Thursday, setting a standard of behavior and stating a zero tolerance policy.

The letter, addressed to the fans, is also signed by Steve Starks, president of Jazz. The letter comes just days after a fan was banned for life from the team's arena after the Oklahoma City player, Russell Westbrook, had a violent meeting with the fan . Westbrook was fined $ 25,000.

The statement reads in part:

The Utah Jazz will strictly enforce the NBA Fan Code of Conduct with zero tolerance. We do not allow hate speech, racism, sexism or homophobia. We also do not allow disruptive behavior, including bullying, coarse or abusive language, or obscene gestures. Offenders may be deported and incur other sanctions, including a lifetime ban.

The message to the fans included a text number – 801.901.8111 – that they could use to report anything that violated the standards, if they did not want to report it in person to the guest services.

"If you see or hear something that violates our standards, say something, please."

Although the declaration called for civility, she did not call for calm.

"Now, let's be clear: we want you to be strong, you're the reason we have the best home field advantage in the league, and we want it to stay that way." We have a unique arena that offers the crowd with immediate proximity to the field and increased ability to influence the game. Players and coaches from both teams can hear you and we expect all fans to respect them as well as officials of the match, the arena employees and the other supporters of the arena. "

You can read the full text of the press release below.

Jazz fans,

In the light of recent events, we want to address the behavior of fans and explain how we express our common passion for Utah jazz.

Whether online via social media, at gatherings with friends and family, or at game nights at the arena, we help the world take note of our team. For this reason, we all have the joint responsibility to represent Utah's jazz and community the right way.

The Utah Jazz will strictly enforce the NBA Fan Code of Conduct with zero tolerance.

We do not allow hate speech, racism, sexism or homophobia. We also do not allow disruptive behavior, including bullying, coarse or abusive language, or obscene gestures. Offenders may be deported and incur other sanctions, including a lifetime ban.

If you see or hear something that violates our standards, please say something. Report any violations to the nearest customer service or security personnel. You can also use the arena text line (801-901-8111) and a representative from the arena will answer you.

Let's be clear: we want you to be strong. That's why we have the best home field advantage in the league, and we want to keep it. We have a unique arena that offers the crowd immediate proximity to the field and increased ability to affect the game. The players and coaches of both teams can hear you and we expect all fans to respect them, as well as match officials, arena employees and other fans of the arena.

We all have the responsibility to respect the sport of basketball and, more importantly, as human beings. This has always been a hallmark of our incredible fan base and should always be our standard for the future.

Gail Miller – Owner, Utah Jazz

Steve Starks – President, Utah Jazz