Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Westbrook has testy encounter with fans in Utah

Westbrook has testy encounter with fans in Utah

Russell Westbrook wasn't having any of it.

After Game 6 of the National Basketball Association playoffs last season against the Jazz, Westbrook had a confrontation with a fan in Utah and addressed the situation to reporters afterward.

Jazz fan Shane Keisel, 45, who was involved in the verbal exchange with Westbrook, said he did nothing wrong and said his wife was not involved.

Westbrook addressed the incident following OKC's 96-89 win and said it began when the fan and his wife told the All Star player to "get down on your knees like you're used to". "I just think there's got to be something done". I swear to God.

"I'll f**k you up. You and your wife", he says. "You and your wife", to the Jazz fans amongst other things.

Westbrook looked back at the action on the court for a second before turning back to have another round at Keisel.

While the choice words that Westbrook offered to the fan were certainly unacceptable, fans often yell profane things at players with virtually no repercussions and Westbrook felt the fan had crossed the line.

Westbrook is not the only player to have trouble with fans in Utah with former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith saying Utah fans used racist terms in a 2015 interview with GQ.

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It's unclear if the fan has been banned from the Garden, but that would be in keeping with previous such incidents. Dolan and Knicks management are frequent targets of fans' derision because of the team's woeful performance.


Of course, players having confrontations with fans does not just happen in Utah as Westbrook, and others, have faced similar situations in other National Basketball Association arenas. I just think there's got to be something done. "I just think there's gotta be something done, there's gotta be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say". "And then it turned into not safe for work".

Regardless of how the National Basketball Association chooses to handle this particular incident, it doesn't seem to have had any immediate effect on the game; OKC still managed to run out 98 - 89 winners, with Westbrook himself dropping a near-triple double.

"He had heat [on]".

"To me that's just completely disrespectful", Westbrook told reporters. I'll f*** you up.

Westbrook took over after the Jazz rallied in the fourth quarter. "I never said a swear word to him".

"As for beating up his wife, I have never put my hand on a woman", he said.

"Multiple warning cards were issued by arena security", the statement noted. They were allowed to return to their seats. After a season-ending Game 6 loss to Utah in the first round of last year's playoffs, Westbrook swiped at a fan who was attempting to film him with a camera phone as he walked off the court. At the time, Westbrook described the level of banter being thrown around by Jazz fans as "disrespectful" and "vulgar". Talk about your families, your kids, and it's just disrespect to the game. And with these fans, man, it's truly disrespectful. Russell Westbrook led the team with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Paul George added 15 points on five of 16 shooting while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 15 points and four assists off the bench.

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