Things got a little chippy in the stands during last night’s 98-89 win over the Jazz. Westbrook claims that a Jazz fan in the game told him to “get down on your knees like you’re used to,” a comment which Westbrook obviously found extremely disrespectful and even racial.
Patrick Patterson was also involved, and both he and the OKC point guard responded, with Russ telling the guy and his wife who was sitting next to him”I’ll f— you up,” and Patterson taking to Twitter.
Fans can say shit about a mans family, wife, & kids.. Tell a player “Get down on your knees like your use to.” As men, what do you expect us to do? Shut up & dribble? No one is held accountable for their actions except for us. Fans are protected in every way possible but not us.
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) March 12, 2019
After the game, the fan shared his side of the story, assuring the masses that he never said a swear word while also ripping Westbrook for threatening a woman.
“I never said a swear word. Everybody in the vicinity will say and she never left her seat, never said a word, hands on her lap. Never said a single swear word to him.”
Shane Keisel, the Jazz fan who was involved in a verbal altercation with Russell Westbrook during the Jazz loss to the Thunder, explains his side of what happened. @KSL5TV @kslsports #nba pic.twitter.com/ScCSRttTCg
— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) March 12, 2019
Westbrook maintains that he was disrespected. And as we’ve seen in the past, he’s not a player willing to shrug it off and keep moving.
“For me, I’m just not going to continue to take disrespect for my family,” said Westbrook, who had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the Thunder’s 98-89 win. “I just think there’s got to be something done. There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. 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.
“And if I had to do it again, I would say the same exact thing, because I truly will stand up for myself, for my family, for my kids, for my wife, for my mom, for my dad every single time. I expect anybody else to do the same. So that’s kind of where I’m at with the whole situation. As for beating up his wife, I have never put my hand on a woman; I never will. Never been in any domestic violence before. Never have before, but once he said the comment, his wife repeated the same thing to me as well. So that’s kind of how that started. I know you guys only got the tail end of the video, but the start of the video is way more important and way more disrespectful than what you guys heard.”
Westbrook’s point about player protection is fair. They have every right to stand up for themselves, and nobody is trying to argue any different.
In this case, though, there are conflicting testimonies. The fan says he never said a swear word towards Russ, hinting that it may have been some elaborate play by Westbrook to get some sort of attention one way or another.
As cringe-worthy as this exchange sounds, it likely will not be Westbrook’s last. And if he’s like this during the regular season, who knows how the guy will act in the postseason.