National Basketball Association star Westbrook threatens fan, woman during heated exchange; Cites racial taunt

After an intense confrontation with a vulgar Utah Jazz fan, Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook defends his decision to stand up for himself in a post-game interview. I think every once in a while you get a frightful incident with a fan like last night. "I swear to god", he can be seen saying to Keisel, in the beginning in a video, linked here due to language. 'I'll f*ck you up. "The start of the video is way more important and way more disrespectful than what you guys heard [me say]". Nah, f*ck that! Nah, f*ck that! But there's a fine line when you go to the disrespectful side on, 'Am I cheering my team on? The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive, and last night's incident is not indicative of our fanbase. After the game, Westbrook had an opportunity to speak to the media about the situation where he expressed that he will no longer tolerate disrespect from the fans.

Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said. But just making sure I'm healthy and in the right mindset to go out there on the floor, that was my biggest goal. Throughout the whole game, since I've been here, especially here in Utah, there's a lot of disrespectful things that's said.

During last season, I reached out and asked a couple National Basketball Association league officials about the seeming growing volume and line-crossing nature of things being yelled at players on the court, and how the league is quick to punish players who come back at fans but the gate doesn't really swing both ways. Given the organization's track record, I fully expect they'll do so.

"As for beating up his wife, I've never put my hand on a woman". Never been in any domestic violence before.

'Never have before, but once he said the comment, his wife repeated the same thing to me as well. "That's kind of how that started".

"We are continuing to investigate the unfortunate exchange at tonight's game between Russell Westbrook and fans", the statement read.

The fan, identified in reports as Shane Keisel, told Salt Lake City's KSL-TV that he told Westbrook, "Sit down and ice your knees, bro".

Jazz players Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Thabo Sefolosha all issued statements about the matter. According to Keisel, after Westbrook replied that it was heat on his knees, Keisel hollered, "You're going to need it".

The win moves the Thunder a half game up on Portland for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Westbrook responded to the fan and his wife with a profanity-laced threat, but told reporters after the game Monday that the couple's comments were racial.

The rocky relationship between Westbrook and Jazz fans didn't just begin Monday. "It happened to me in college actually", Kerr said Tuesday night to reporters in Houston.

Reports have indicated that the Jazz issued warning cards to fans involved in altercations with Westbrook during the game.

Vanessa Coleman

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