Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has the reputation of being an intense player and that passion was on display Monday night (March 11). During his team’s visit to the Utah Jazz’s home court, Westbrook got into it with a fan who he claims used racist taunts which prompted him to threaten the man and his wife with the hands.
As reported by NBA.com, the fan allegedly said something to Westbrook to the effect of “get down on your knees like you used to” which certainly are fighting words. The All-Star responded with the fire as expected.
“I promise you. You think I’m playing? I swear to god. I swear to god. I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife, I’ll f*ck you up. Nah, f*ck that! Nah, f*ck that! I promise you. On everything I love. Everything I love, I promise you. I swear to god,” Westbrook was heard saying.
After the game, Westbrook addressed the matter and said that if he to do it all over again, he would.
“For me, I’m just not going to continue to take disrespect for my family,” said Westbrook after the game, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I just think there’s got to be something done. 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 — not just to me, but 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. 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.
Twitter had plenty to say about the exchange and we caught the reactions below.
Conor McGregor must be really happy that people are talking about Russell Westbrook this morning. https://t.co/UMpkX6XchI— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 12, 2019
Someone must not have told Shane Keisel that the Internet is forever. Haha this fucking dumbass. Hope @russwest44 sits back and relaxes with some popcorn while this dudes life gets turned upside down now.— Anil Patel (@anil0519) March 12, 2019
So Shane Keisel, who has tweeted for Russell Westbrook to go back where he came from, who yelled racial remarks at Westbrook tonight, and who punctualizes his racist remarks with MAGA, also spent 17 years as a police sargeant for Utah Highway Patrol. Why did Kap kneel again? pic.twitter.com/YQrlUf7o8J— Black Bruce Wayne (@_CharlesDiamond) March 12, 2019
If you’re wearing a camo hat in the year of our lord 2019 and Russell Westbrook tells me you and your wife said some racist shit to him, there is not a thing in the world you can say that would make me not believe him.— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_J_Tweets) March 12, 2019
First you have MAGA tweets directed at Russell Westbrook, now Shane Keisel is related to Brett Keisel?! #Fascinating— Seton (@HiMyNameIsSeton) March 12, 2019
White Fans: “You.........”— bluetooth pairing ... connected (@BabyBooYard) March 12, 2019
Russell Westbrook: pic.twitter.com/b1TyQP9W2Z
This is the dude who heckled Russell Westbrook last night. Turns out he’s a Trump supporter and has online heckled him for a while now. It all makes sense. https://t.co/KSum3wphoK— @KP_official1 on IG (@KP_Official_1) March 12, 2019
I’m 100% behind Russell Westbrook, I don’t care about them being fans and him making a lot of money, people need to stop thinking they can say whatever and expect no retaliation— Okera J (@OkeraJ) March 12, 2019
In light of Russell Westbrook’s altercation in Utah last night, don’t forget what a fan told LeBron James in Oakland during the 2015 NBA Finals: pic.twitter.com/v2jhR9vvLh— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) March 12, 2019