October 2019

NBA Passes Zero-Tolerance Policy for Abusive Fan Behavior

The NBA is changing its code of conduct for the 2019-2020 season. . We've added any sexist language or LGBTQ language, any denigrating language in that way, anything that is non-basketball-related. , Jerome Pickett, NBA executive vice president, via statement. So 'your mother' comments, talking about your family ... anything non-basketball-related ... we will go and pull a fan out of the seat and investigate what happened. , Jerome Pickett, via statement. The new policy is in reaction to a number of high-profile altercations between players and fans last season. . Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins were the subjects of racial taunts in Salt Lake City and Boston. . Kyle Lowry was shoved by Mark Stevens, a minority partner of the Golden State Warriors' ownership group. . Stevens was banned from conducting any team business for one year by the NBA.