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Monday, 11 March 2019

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been involved in a heated exchange with a fan in his side's 98-89 win against the Utah Jazz.

Westbrook, who has previously had to endure heckling from fans inside Vivint Smart Arena, was captured hurling expletives to fans in the stands while watching on from the Thunder bench.

In the video, which quickly circulated around social media following the game, Westbrook is visibly frustrated and agitated.

“I’m gonna tell you one thing. I’ll f—- him up,” Westbrook tells somebody closer to him, potentially a security guard, before turning his attention to the taunting Jazz fans.

Russell Westbrook

“I promise you,” Westbrook continues. “You think I’m playing? I swear to God. I swear to God. I’ll f—- you up. You and your wife. I’ll f—- you up.

“I promise you. Everything I love. Everything I love.”

What prompted Westbrook’s outburst isn’t clear, although following the game, Westbrook's teammate Patrick Patterson tweeted that the fan allegedly told Westbrook to "get down on (his) knees".

"Fans can say s--t about a mans family, wife, (and) kids," Patterson tweeted.

Russell Westbrook

"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."

For Westbrook, this was not his first run-in with fans in Salt Lake City.

After the Jazz eliminated the Thunder in last year's playoffs, Westbrook was involved in an incident with a fan who got a little too close for comfort.

https://twitter.com/DimeUPROXX/status/990096229437792256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Following the exchange with the fan last year, Westbrook opened up on the "disrespectful" fan-base in Utah.

“I don’t confront fans,” Westbrook said last April.

“Fans confront me. Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here. And with these fans, man, it’s truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids, and it’s just disrespect to the game.

"I think it’s something that needs to be brought up. I’m tired of just going out and playing and letting fans say what the hell they want to say. I’m not with that.

JR Smith

"Because if I was on the street, they wouldn’t just come up to me and say anything crazy, because I don’t play that s--t.

"So I just think it’s disrespectful, and they get the chance to do whatever they want to do. It needs to be put to a stop, especially here in Utah.”

Westbrook is not the only player to have trouble with fans in Utah with former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith saying Utah fans used racist terms in a 2015 interview with GQ.

When asked if it was difficult to shoot free-throws while being yelled at by fans, Smith revealed the racist nature of Jazz fans' insults.

"That's easy," Smith said.

"It's when you're in Utah and people are shouting the N-word that's tough.” 

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been involved in a heated exchange with a fan in his side's 98-89 win against the Utah Jazz.

Westbrook, who has previously had to endure heckling from fans inside Vivint Smart Arena, was captured hurling expletives to fans in the stands while watching on from the Thunder bench.

In the video, which quickly circulated around social media following the game, Westbrook is visibly frustrated and agitated.

“I’m gonna tell you one thing. I’ll f—- him up,” Westbrook tells somebody closer to him, potentially a security guard, before turning his attention to the taunting Jazz fans.

Russell Westbrook

“I promise you,” Westbrook continues. “You think I’m playing? I swear to God. I swear to God. I’ll f—- you up. You and your wife. I’ll f—- you up.

“I promise you. Everything I love. Everything I love.”

What prompted Westbrook’s outburst isn’t clear, although following the game, Westbrook's teammate Patrick Patterson tweeted that the fan allegedly told Westbrook to "get down on (his) knees".

"Fans can say s--t about a mans family, wife, (and) kids," Patterson tweeted.

Russell Westbrook

"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."

For Westbrook, this was not his first run-in with fans in Salt Lake City.

After the Jazz eliminated the Thunder in last year's playoffs, Westbrook was involved in an incident with a fan who got a little too close for comfort.

https://twitter.com/DimeUPROXX/status/990096229437792256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Following the exchange with the fan last year, Westbrook opened up on the "disrespectful" fan-base in Utah.

“I don’t confront fans,” Westbrook said last April.

“Fans confront me. Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here. And with these fans, man, it’s truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids, and it’s just disrespect to the game.

"I think it’s something that needs to be brought up. I’m tired of just going out and playing and letting fans say what the hell they want to say. I’m not with that.

JR Smith

"Because if I was on the street, they wouldn’t just come up to me and say anything crazy, because I don’t play that s--t.

"So I just think it’s disrespectful, and they get the chance to do whatever they want to do. It needs to be put to a stop, especially here in Utah.”

Westbrook is not the only player to have trouble with fans in Utah with former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith saying Utah fans used racist terms in a 2015 interview with GQ.

When asked if it was difficult to shoot free-throws while being yelled at by fans, Smith revealed the racist nature of Jazz fans' insults.

"That's easy," Smith said.

"It's when you're in Utah and people are shouting the N-word that's tough.” 

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