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No NBA city is perfect, but one market that seems to consistently create issues between players and fans is Salt Lake City. of Utah Jazz They’ve played there for more than four decades, but back then it was common for players to speak out about the fans’ actions there. Both Russell Westbrook and Jae Morant have had a run with their fans in recent years, but even the Utah players themselves have struggled with their relationships with them.

Donovan Mitchell is one of those players. He spent his first five seasons in Utah, but is now a member of the team Cleveland CavaliersFirst, the NBA is opening up about the way it was handled by fans in the city.

“It’s no secret that there are a lot of things that I’ve had to deal with being off the floor in Utah,” Michel said. Andscaped’s Mark J. Spears. “To be honest, I never said this, but it was exhausting. Just sitting in your room cheering me on and doing all these different things was draining my energy.” I’m not specifically saying every fan, but I feel like it’s a lot of things [Utah] State Senator [Stuart Adams] Saying I need to learn black history on my own. Seeing black children bullied because of the color of their skin. Seeing a little girl [Isabella Tichenor] She hanged herself because she was being abused.

Now playing in a different Cleveland, Mitchell says, “It’s a blessing to be back with people who look like me.” He told his story about a particularly troubling interaction with a police officer. “I got pulled over one time. I got an attitude from the police until I gave him my ID,” Mitchell explained. “And that’s forever made me wonder what happens to a young black kid in Utah who doesn’t have the power to feel like, ‘This is who I am.'” And that was one of the things that I took to heart.

Unfortunately, racism exists in every NBA market, and indeed, throughout the United States. It cannot be completely removed. But Mitchell’s story about Utah isn’t limited to his experience there. Several players have expressed issues with fans in Salt Lake City. Mitchell is happy to have a new home, but sad that he had to deal with these issues first.

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