Early in the quarter, Westbrook stood up from the bench when he felt both fans directed a racial taunt at him. "I'll f-- you up.I promise you, everything I love", yelled Westbrook at the fan. "I'll fuck you up".
It's tricky. On one hand, you'd hope your superstar point guard wouldn't threaten to beat up a man and his wife. "You and your wife", he says. So I'm like...well, you're going to need it.
According to Westbrook, the man told him to, "Get down on your knees like you're used to". 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. It is unknown what provoked the eight-time All-Star, but you can hear Westbrook saying "I'll f-k you up".
Westbrook said he would say the same exact thing if he had to do it all over again. I truly will stand up for myself and my family. I'm humble, I take all the criticism from everybody.
"For many years, I've done all the right things, I've never done anything to hurt or harm anybody", Westbrook said.
Dennis Schroder paced the Thunder with a sizzling second half off the bench, finishing with a team-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with 7 rebounds.
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We are continuing to investigate the unfortunate exchange at tonight's game between Russell Westbrook and fans.
However, the fan involved told a very different version of events, and claimed Westbrook went off after simply being told to sit down and ice his knees.
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.
"Every time I come here [to Utah] there are a lot of disrespectful things that are said", Westbrook said. "He didn't say one word, he just looked at the people and turned around". "Initially, I was like, 'Oh, I'm talking with Westbrook, the guy is one of the greats". I know him personally, he's like a brother, and he's not that type of guy. "But when you threaten a woman that's 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, you're a big man".
"I've never put my hands on a woman, I never will", Westbrook said. Never been in any domestic violence before.
Much as top dollar tickets will get you within breathing distance of some of the highest-paid basketballers on the planet, there's still a responsibility on fans sitting courtside at National Basketball Association games to just... y'know... not be a dick.