Westbrook has words with Jazz fans

AP

Print Article

Associated Press Russell Westbrook waves to the crowd as he leaves the court following Monday's game.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook got into a heated verbal altercation with a fan and the man's wife during the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 98-89 victory over Utah on Monday night.

Early in the quarter, Westbrook stood up from the bench when he felt both fans directed a racial taunt at him. According to the Thunder guard, 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 threating him and his wife.

Westbrook expressed concern following the game with the verbal abuse he and teammates have received from fans on the road. Much of it has been directed at their families, according to Westbrook. He said he is done tolerating their 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 issued multiple warning cards to fans in the area and the team issued a postgame statement saying that it will be investigating the exchange between Westbrook and fans.

"Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment," the Jazz 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 that 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 him on the bench when the altercation took place. Felton confirmed he also heard the taunts that had been directed at Westbrook.

"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 in 37 minutes.

Print Article

Read More Sports News

Badgers look to avenge loss vs Michigan

AP

September 20, 2019 at 9:56 am | MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun said in July the Badgers were coming for revenge this season. The first stop on the revenge tour is No. 11 Michigan. The 13th-ranked Badgers (2-0...

Comments

Read More

Huskers looking to break through on road

AP

September 20, 2019 at 9:56 am | Nebraska heads to Illinois not only looking to win its Big Ten opener Saturday night but also shed something of an albatross. The Cornhuskers (2-1) are 0-7 on the road under second-year coach Scott ...

Comments

Read More

Wolverines-Badgers at a glance

AP

September 20, 2019 at 9:57 am | • THE GAME: No. 11 Michigan (2-0) at No. 13 Wisconsin (2-0), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (Fox). Line: Wisconsin by 3 1/2. Series record: Michigan leads 51-15-1. • WHAT'S AT STAKE?: Though Mi...

Comments

Read More

Week 4: Notre Dame, Georgia meet with playoff implications

September 20, 2019 at 9:59 am | There haven't been many tests so far for the teams atop the AP Top 25. For at least two of them, that should soon change. No. 7 Notre Dame visits No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in the first game of the...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X