Russell Westbrook confronted a male fan and his spouse Monday night time in the course of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s win at Utah, telling the person he would “f—” him up and do the identical to his spouse.
The change was caught on video and posted to Twitter by a reporter for Utah’s Deseret Information. It was unclear what prompted the change.
In keeping with the Deseret Information, 5 followers obtained “warning playing cards” associated to the incident. The playing cards cited feedback, gestures and/or behaviors directed at gamers in violation of the NBA’s code of conduct for followers. Every of the followers had been capable of return to their seats, the Deseret Information reported.
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“I promise you,” Westbrook says within the change. “You suppose I am enjoying. I swear to God. I swear to God. I am going to f— you up; you and your spouse. I am going to f— you up.”
Somebody off-camera then seems to try to verbally intervene.
“No, f— that! F— that!” Westbrook shouts, pausing earlier than resuming his preliminary change.
“I promise you, every little thing I really like,” Westbrook says. “All the pieces I really like n—-, I promise you.”
Westbrook didn’t draw any self-discipline from the sport officers for the change in the course of the Thunder’s 98-89 win.
Dennis Schroder scored 24 factors, Russell Westbrook added 23 factors, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 98-89 on Monday night time to brush the season sequence.
Following two separate incidents with courtside followers in Utah on Friday, Russell Westbrook stated after the Thunder’s season-ending loss to the Jazz, that is “one thing that must be introduced up.”
The incident was paying homage to the finale of final yr’s first-round playoff sequence between the Jazz and Thunder, when Utah ousted OKC in six video games, after which Westbrook turned concerned with a fan as he exited the court docket.
“I did not confront followers; followers confronted me,” Westbrook stated after the April sport. “Right here in Utah, man, a variety of disrespectful, vulgar issues are stated to the gamers right here with these followers. It is really disrespectful. Speak about your households, your youngsters. It is really disrespectful to the sport, man.”
That night time, Westbrook slapped at a fan’s cellphone as he walked to the tunnel following the Thunder’s loss, after scoring 46 factors on 43 pictures. It was the second interplay that night time for Westbrook with a courtside fan, with him turning and snapping at one who stated one thing to him as he exited the ground at halftime.
“I believe it is one thing that must be introduced up,” he continued, after the April sport. “I am uninterested in simply going out and enjoying, then the followers saying regardless of the hell they wish to say. I am not with that. If I used to be on the road, they would not simply come as much as me and say something loopy, as a result of I do not play that s—. So, to disrespect me and do no matter they wish to do must be put to a cease, particularly right here in Utah.”