‘I’ll f*** you up, you and your wife’: NBA All-star Russell Westbrook hits back at Utah Jazz fan after hearing racial slur in astonishing scenes during Oklahoma City Thunder clash
- Russell Westbrook alleged he was racially abused by Utah Jazz fans on Monday
- The guard responded to a couple by warning them he was going to ‘f*** you up’
- The player released a statement after the match explaining his response
Russell Westbrook got into an explosive argument with Utah Jazz fans after a man allegedly directed a racial slur at the NBA All-star.
A row between Westbrook and a pair of Jazz supporters in the stands took place early in the second quarter after what he felt was a racial taunt.
According to the Thunder guard, they told him to ‘get down on my knees like I used to.’
Russell Westbrook got into an argument with Utah Jazz fans after being racially abused
Westbrook says that Shane Keisel told him to ‘get down on my knees like I used to’
The NBA All-star responded to Keisel by shouting: ‘I’ll ‘f*** you up, you and your wife’
Things get heated between Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fans again. “I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife,” he says. Not sure what these fans said to him, but he also had issues with Jazz fans during the postseason. pic.twitter.com/LquwRmLVNy
The 30-year-old was caught on video responding to the man, saying: ‘I’ll f*** you up, you and your wife.’
Westbrook expressed concern following the game at the verbal abuse he and teammates have received from fans on the road. He said he is done tolerating their disrespect.
‘There’s got to be something done,’ Westbrook said. ‘There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. I don’t think it’s fair to the players.
‘And if I had to do it again, I would say the same exact thing, because I truly will stand up for myself, for my family, for my kids, for my wife, for my mom, for my dad every single time. I expect anybody else to do the same.
‘So that’s kind of where I’m at with the whole situation. As for beating up his wife, I have never put my hand on a woman; I never will. Never been in any domestic violence before.
Westbrook expressed concern afterwards at the verbal abuse he has received from supporters
He explained his reaction and insists that he would not take the disrespect from the stands
Russell Westbrook made this statement after the game explaining what he heard from the Jazz fan and why he reacted the way he did. #nba pic.twitter.com/kI2oVAEsoK
‘Never have before, but once he said the comment, his wife repeated the same thing to me as well. So that’s kind of how that started. I know you guys only got the tail end of the video, but the start of the video is way more important and way more disrespectful than what you guys heard.’
The fan, 45-year-old Shane Keisel, spoke to TV cameras after the game, too.
‘I never said a swear word to him, and she (his girlfriend) never left her seat, never said a word, hands in her lap.
‘Initially I was like: “Oh, I’m talking with Westbrook, the guy’s one of the greats”. But he’s also classless.’
Jazz security issued multiple warning cards and the team said in a postgame statement that it will be investigating the exchange between Westbrook and fans.
‘Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment,’ the Jazz statement said. ‘If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA Code of Conduct, appropriate action will be taken.’
The fan said in a TV interview that neither he nor his wife cursed at Westbrook.
Westbrook had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Dennis Schroder led the way with 24 points to help the Thunder sweep the season series.
Paul George chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Steven Adams and Jerami Grant added 12 points apiece.
Westbrook took over after the Jazz rallied in the fourth quarter. Royce O’Neale cut the deficit to 89-83 on a pair of 3-pointers. Utah didn’t get any closer. Westbrook scored back-to-back baskets as part of a 9-1 run that put the Thunder up 98-84 with 1:32 remaining.
Keisel spoke to reporters after the incident too, insisting that the exchange had started as fun
Shane Keisel, the Jazz fan who was involved in a verbal altercation with Russell Westbrook during the Jazz loss to the Thunder, explains his side of what happened. @KSL5TV @kslsports #nba pic.twitter.com/ScCSRttTCg
Westbrook had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Oklahoma City Thunder on court
‘We did a great job of just competing,’ Schroder said. ‘Defensively and offensively. Just having fun, going back to our identity.’
Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points for Utah, which shot just 36 percent from the field. O’Neale added 17 points while Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jazz held an opponent under 100 points for the 19th time this season, but could never get on track offensively.
‘We really worked our tails off defensively, particularly in the half-court,’ Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ‘When we’re not able to convert, it puts a lot of pressure on our defense. There are a number of things we can try and improve on, but I like how we competed on the defensive end. The offense will come.’
The 30-year-old shook off the incident to help lead his side to a 98-89 victory on Monday
Starting with second-chance baskets from Adams and Grant, the Thunder scored field goals on five straight possessions to take a 22-14 lead late in the first quarter. O’Neale and Crowder finally stemmed the run with back-to-back 3-pointers.
Oklahoma City ran off 10 unanswered points and took its first double-digit lead at 40-29 on a pair of free throws from Westbrook with 3:42 remaining in the half. Adams also made a pair of hook shots to help fuel the spurt.
Utah trimmed the Thunder lead to 60-55 late in the third quarter when Mitchell scored a finger roll layup. Oklahoma City pulled away a second time and took its largest lead at 80-63 on a 3-pointer from Abdel Nader early in the fourth quarter.
‘We self-induced some of their runs,’ Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ‘We had some opportunities in transition that we turned the ball over. We got lost a couple of times in transition defense and gave some open 3s. We had some breakdowns, and some of our offense led to them getting back.’
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