New year, same winning Utah Jazz!
Quin Snyder’s men keep on rolling, winning five in a row as of New Year’s Eve. Among those wins was a W in San Antonio. Unfortunately, toward the end of that game a fan at the Jazz-Spurs game was allegedly talking a lot of mess at Jordan Clarkson. Apparently, one fan “crossed the line” and challenged Clarkson to a fight, according to Jordan, which resulted in the guard walking toward the fan. Jazz teammates had to intervene and pull Clarkson to the bench. After the game, Clarkson said “fans got to learn we’re human, we’re people too.”
It’s a reminder that some fans go too far when “talking smack” toward athletes. We’ve seen ugly incidents in Utah before, including an infamous incident between a Jazz fan and Russell Westbrook in 2019, as well as fans heckling Ja Morant’s family last May.
On the latest episode of The Tribune’s “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast, host/moderator Xoel Cardenas and Tribune Jazz beat reporter Eric Walden discuss the incident in San Antonio and give their thoughts on what Clarkson said after the game, as well as why there seems to be a rise in negative player-fan interactions courtside.
The guys also talk about the renaissance of Hassan Whiteside in Utah. The man who was the biggest question mark signing of the Jazz this offseason is now arguably their best signing, giving the Jazz extra rim protection, toughness and a fun attitude to the locker room.
Lastly, as an homage to the late John Madden, Xoel and Eric talk about the importance of broadcasters to the overall sports viewing experience. The duo also tell you who are their favorite and not-so-favorite sports broadcasters of all time.
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