Oklahoma City Thunder All Star level guard Russell Westbrook defined to reporters after Monday night time’s win in Utah Jazz fan informed him to “Get down in your knees such as you’re used to,” which led to a verbal altercation close to the Thunder bench.
Westbrook could be seen telling the fan, “I am going to fuck you up. You and your spouse. I am going to fuck you up.”
Following the Thunder’s 98-89 victory, Westbrook defined what occurred, per Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune:
“The realization of it’s, the way it began was, a younger man and his spouse within the stands informed me ‘to get down on my knees such as you used to.’ To me, that is simply utterly disrespectful, to me, I believe it is racial, and I believe it is inappropriate.”
Westbrook’s teammate Patrick Patterson added:
“Fans can say shit a couple of mans household, spouse, & children.. Tell a participant “Get down in your knees like your use to.” As males, what do you anticipate us to do? Shut up & dribble? No one is held accountable for his or her actions aside from us. Fans are protected in each means attainable however not us.”
The fan was later recognized as 45-year-old Shane Keisel. He informed ESPN that he “didn’t cuss” at Westbrook or say something inappropriate.
Keisel claimed that the trade “began off as enjoyable” with him yelling at Westbrook to “Ice these knees up!” According to Keisel, after Westbrook replied that it was warmth on his knees, Keisel hollered, “You’re going to want it.”