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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook confronted a man and his wife during a game after the Oklahoma City star says the two racially taunted him.

The heated exchange came early in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said. He said they told him to “get down on my knees like I used to.” After that, Westbrook was seen on video cursing at the man and threatening him and his wife.

After the game, Westbrook spoke of verbal abuse he and teammates hear from spectators on the road. Much of it has been directed at their families, according to Westbrook. He said he will no longer tolerate such disrespect.

“There’s got to be something done,” Westbrook said. “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.”

Westbrook recently objected to a young fan touching him on the sideline during a game.

Jazz security repeatedly warned fans in the area, and the team said after the game it will investigate what happened.

“Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment,” the team statement said. “If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA code of conduct, appropriate action will be taken.”

The fan said in a TV interview neither he nor his wife cursed at Westbrook.

Westbrook’s teammates came to his defense following the game. Raymond Felton, who did not play, sat near Westbrook on the bench. Felton confirmed he also heard the taunts.

“He’s not coming off and talking to the fans, just saying stuff to them and just blurting out words,” Felton said. “He’s not. They’re coming at him first. When is there going to be a point where there’s going to be protecting those players? People can say whatever what they want to say us during games and yell out stuff and talk about our families and talk about our kids.”

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.

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12 thoughts on “Westbrook Confronts 2 Fans At Jazz Game, Cites Racial Taunt

  1. Ted Gravely on said:

    When Russ uttered, “I’ll put that on my mama,” you knew that racist stepped over the line. Russ has to be careful because most cowardly racist white people – provoke, hide their racist hands, cry, and then shoot you like they did nothing to provoke the behind whipping. He put that flat faced white woman in check. Then this idiot says, she is 5’5, weighs nothing. Then that’s exactly what should come out of her mouth – nothing. Russ….absolutely, love it – telling that racist, I’ll f you up. The NBA needs to do something. You don’t have free speech in an athletic event. If so, that goes for the players. They are men first. Have they learned nothing from Malice in the Palace?

  2. I would like to give Russell Westbrook some advice. I understand you wanting to protect yourself as well as your family when you have assholes that make bad comments to you let go, and listen, the way you conquer that is to ignore them because they want you to lose your cool, get fire, etc.etc. don’t fall into their traps. God has bless you with exceptional talent to play the sport you love and your good at what you do. Stay strong and God Bless your family.

    • Dwight Power on said:

      Hey Jan: If Westbroke didn’t play a childs game for a living, his exceptional talent would be making Big Macs. Followed by his other exceptional talent—Sueing
      McDonald’s for racially forcing him to cook like a slave, and not instantly promoting him to CEO under the Affirmative Action Laws. Keep it classy, wait, you never were

      • kmann on said:

        So what are you saying Dwight Power that people who have the talent to make money in sports should feel ashamed.Are you upset with Larry Bird for playing basketball,Tom Brady for choosing to playing football or Bryce Harper for having a signed a huge contract in baseball.Do you feel they should be flipping hamburgers.

    • Cocoa Brown on said:

      Wow really? Ummm according to your screen name, YOU’RE “colored” too. How would you like it if some white person taunted you and spoke ill of your family? This type of behavior should not be tolerated by anyone. What ever happened to being caring, respectful to your fellow human being? Oh I forgot “DUMPS” in the white house.

      • Butter Pecan on said:

        Hmmm seems like you have no problem spewing your hate at our duly elected President

      • Michael Middleton on said:

        @Cocoa Brown….You’re wasting your precious and valuable time responding to this known trolling psycho who craves Black people’s attention.

      • Dwight Power on said:

        Hey Cocoa, like knee grows have NEVER spoken ill of a white person or their family. Think I’m lying ??? Westerbroke CLEARLY said ” I’ll Fukk you up, and your wife too. I’ll fukk you up. Think I’m playin ??” A THREAT. Should be arrested for threatening personal bodily harm, to a women no less. Keep it classy, wait, you never were

      • Butter Pecan on said:

        You best step off Middleton fore’ I make Rodney King seem like schoolyard tussle. Hear me boi?

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