Russell Westbrook says Utah fans’ racist taunt led to verbal altercation

Russell Westbrook says Utah fans’ racist taunt led to verbal altercation

Westbrook was unapologetic for the exchange.

Westbrook, one of the NBA's greatest and most popular players, made the threat while standing near the end of the Thunder's bench during the 2nd quarter of the game, in which his Thunder vanquished the Jazz, 98-89. "I think it's racial, and I think it's inappropriate in the sense that there's no protection for the players", he said.

"Every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said", Westbrook said.

A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments - which were captured on video and went viral - toward two fans, the Utah Jazz responded by banning a fan from their arena. Before people knew what the fan, Shane Keisel, had said-and before they knew who Keisel was-the sports world had a collective conniption fit as Russell Westbrook was caught on video cursing him out. Everything I love. I promise you. I swear to God. I'll (expletive) you up; you and your wife.

It's tricky. On one hand, you'd hope your superstar point guard wouldn't threaten to beat up a man and his wife. It depicts the former NBA MVP telling the fan, "I'll f*ck you up". It's truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids. Because we make millions, we're just expected to shut up and take it. "We're not gonna spend a whole lot of time because one idiot chose to be stupid". [My companion] never left her seat and never said a word. "I have heard fans being disrespectful of players, and I really don't like that, but I haven't heard anything racist", Gobert told ESPN.

"He can threaten me all he wants, but don't threaten a woman", he said.

LeBron is one of the most thoughtful players in the league, and this is another good quote from him.

The Jazz also issued a statement.

Westbrook has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan, the association announced Tuesday afternoon. The fans in question were not ejected from the game and were simply issued warning cards for their actions, according to Woodyard.

"Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment". 'If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA Code of Conduct, appropriate action will be taken'.

With Westbrook's response captured on video, the National Basketball Association is sure to take a close look at whether the former MVP crossed any boundaries with his choice of words.

This isn't the first exchange between Westbrook and Jazz fans. "There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect".

"I think it's something that needs to be brought up". I'm not with that. "He's not. They're coming at him first. 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".

The fan, Shane Keisel, spoke to CNN affiliate KSL, saying he did not swear and that he had in fact told the point guard to "ice his knees".