After a fan shouted degrading remarks at Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the game on March 11, Donovan Mitchell felt it was important to have display of solidarity.

Mitchell and his teammates came up with the idea for a shirt showing two clasped hands. At the game on March 16, all Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets players, coaches, and staff wore the shirt prior to tipoff.

“To have two playoff teams go out there and step aside and take a moment for something that’s bigger than basketball, it shows where we are today and where we are as teams and as a league,” says Mitchell. “It was important for us to do this and I’m glad we did it.” 

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