Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Westbrook Altercation with Fan Overshadows Thunder Win at Utah

Westbrook Altercation with Fan Overshadows Thunder Win at Utah

The Thunder star lit into a Jazz fan while sitting on the bench during Oklahoma City's 98-89 win in Utah on Monday night.

"I swear to god, I'll [expletive] you up".

It's tricky. On one hand, you'd hope your superstar point guard wouldn't threaten to beat up a man and his wife.

OKC's latest stifling defensive effort limited the Jazz to just 37 first-half points and just 36.4 percent shooting for the game, all of which yielded a 98-89 victory, and, as a result, a season sweep against their Northwest Division rivals. I think it's racial, and I think it's inappropriate in the sense that there's no protection for the players. "I just think there's got to be something done".

Much as top dollar tickets will get you within breathing distance of some of the highest-paid basketballers on the planet, there's still a responsibility on fans sitting courtside at National Basketball Association games to just... y'know... not be a dick. I think there are a lot of great fans around the world that like to come to the game and enjoy the game.

"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".

Utah fan Keisel denied the claims, saying that what has been a good-natured exchange had turned nasty when Westbrook snapped.

The win was overshadowed, however by an altercation Russell Westbrook had with a Jazz fan early in the second quarter.

But it was team-mate Russell Westbrook's angry and profanity-laced interaction with a fan that threatens to be the big story of the night for the Thunder as they completed their Western Conference road swing with a 2-2 record.

Since returning from missing three games due to a shoulder injury, George is shooting just 30.6 percent from the floor and 22.9 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

"Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment".

If the details of the incident provided by Patterson are true, then Westbrook had a legitimate reason to be upset with the fan in question. "I take whatever the criticism, but disrespect will not be taken from me", he added.

The fans in the area of the verbal altercation were issued warning cards that their actions were in violation of the NBA Fan Code of Conduct, according to Woodyard.

"Fans are protected in every way possible but not us".

It would appear time has not healed all wounds, as there is still an extreme disdain between Westbrook and the fans of the Jazz.

Following the exchange with the fan past year, Westbrook opened up on the "disrespectful" fan-base in Utah. It's truly disrespectful. (They) talk about your families, your kids.

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