Jazz Fan Starts GoFundMe To Raise 25k

One of Max Connect’s very own started, Devin Deaton, launched a GoFundMe page that went viral in under 24 hours.

In the Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook and a fan got into a verbal altercation, which resulted in a $25,000 fine for Westbrook. Devin created the campaign with the goal of raising $25,000 - the same amount Russell Westbrook was fined - and donating it to charity. Devin is asking fans to donate to show the world they are not defined by the acts of one person.

“In light of recent events between Russell Westbrook & a few outlying Jazz fans, I am calling for the true, loyal, welcoming and kind Utah Jazz fans to show our true colors. It is time to change the narrative on citizens of Utah, fans of the Jazz, and those that call Utah ‘home.’ We are not a bunch of rednecks, racist, bigots. Most of us are dads, moms, friends, hard-workers, kind-hearted, do right by each other, help our fellow man, good neighbors and welcoming to all.” Devin says. “I pride myself in being respectful to the players. I want the national media to see who we really are.”

As a lifelong Utah Jazz fan, Devin has been a long time season ticket holders with seats right beyond the Gail Miller. “My family has had season tickets on the 2nd row since I was 5 years old. I have been to 100+ Jazz games and had friendly banter with players from Charles Barkley to Russell Westbrook and every era in between. I have never personally experienced racism or bigotry. I pride myself in being respectful to the players. I want the national media to see who we really are.”

As of Friday morning, the campaign had reached $14,000 and had been featured online on Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, and the Bleacher Report.