The connection between Russell Westbrook and Jazz followers took one other ugly activate Monday evening.
Westbrook, who clashed with Jazz supporters in the course of the Thunder’s first-round playoff collection final yr, verbally confronted a fan and his spouse in the course of the course of OKC’s 98-89 victory in Salt Lake Metropolis. After the sport, Westbrook and a number of other of his teammates claimed the fan instructed Westbrook “to get down on [his] knees such as you used to.”
“To me, that is simply fully disrespectful,” Westbrook stated. “To me, I feel it is racial, and I feel it is inappropriate within the sense that there isn’t any safety for the gamers. I feel there are a number of nice followers that like to come back to the sport and benefit from the sport. After which there are those that come to the sport to say disrespectful issues about me, my household.”
The fan in query, Shane Keisel, instructed a a lot totally different model of what happened when interviewed by KSL 5 TV.
“I simply instructed him, ‘Sit down and ice your knees, bro,'” Keisel stated. “He turned to me and he is like, ‘It is warmth.’ I am like, ‘Effectively you are going to want it!’ Then it was… not secure for work.”
The Jazz later issued an announcement relating to the incident:
We’re persevering with to research the unlucky change at tonight’s sport between Russell Westbrook and followers. A number of warning playing cards had been issued by area safety. Participant and followers have a shared duty to create a secure and respectful atmosphere. Whether it is decided that any followers violated the NBA Code of Conduct, applicable motion will probably be taken.