Russell Westbrook had a massive altercation with the Utah Jazz fans during Oklahoma City Thunder’s 98-89 win on Monday night. The point guard used explicit language to threaten a couple, who had an altercation when he was on the bench.
The exchange was caught on video and ended up on Twitter and it was later reported that five fans were also handed “warning cards”. The cards cited comments and gestures directed at players in violation of the NBA’s code of conduct for fans.
“I promise you,” Westbrook said in the exchange. “You think I’m playing. I swear to god. I swear to god. I’ll f— you up; you and your wife. I’ll f— you up.”
Westbrook was pulled up by the match officials for his altercation with the fans and he addressed the situation after the game and revealed that the exchange got heated due to a racial comment made by one of the home supporters.
The Thunder point guard told reporters that the fan in question told him to “get down on my knees like you used to”, which Westbrook thought was racial in nature. He made it clear that it was disrespectful and also called for more protection for the players.
“There are a lot of great fans around the world who come to the game to enjoy it and there are people who come to the game to say mean, disrespectful things about me and my family. For many years I have done all the right things, I have never done anything to hurt or harm anybody. I have never been in any trouble, never fought a fan, and been in the league 11 years and a clean slate,” Westbrook said after the game.
But Shane Keisel, who was the fan involved in the altercation, also spoke about the verbal altercation. He made it clear that there was no swear word uttered by him or his wife, who was also threatened by Westbrook.
Keisel labeled the 8-time NBA All-Star “classless” and was miffed that he threatened his wife, who according to Keisel, “never uttered a word” during the entire altercation. The Jazz released a statement after the game asking both the fans and players to ensure a safe environment but also indicated that they will take action if any fans had violated the NBA’s Code of Conduct.
“Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment,” the Jazz said in a statement. “If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA Code of Conduct, appropriate action will be taken.”