The Utah Jazz faced an uphill battle in the Jan. 1 game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz safely won 127 to 90 against the Mavs; however, one interaction from the game is making headlines. Several rabbis present at the game between the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks held signs that provoked a reaction from Kyrie Irving.
Rabbi Avremi Zippel and two other rabbis held signs that read. “I am Jewish and I am proud.” during Utah’s game against Kyrie Irving’s Dallas. Uncle Drew noticed the sign and interacted with the fans. Shortly thereafter, Jazz security intimated the group to put the signs away.
This is the statement the franchise issued afterward:
“The Utah Jazz code of conduct has been adopted to allow games to take place without distraction and disruption. Regardless of where you are in the arena, if a sign becomes a distraction or causes an interaction with a player, we will ask them to remove it.”, the team wrote, as reported by Deseret News.
The Utah Jazz also explained that asking the fan group to remove the signs was a step in standard safety protocol.