The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard notably has not had the greatest relationship with the Utah Jazz fan base. It is unknown what provoked the eight-time All-Star, but you can hear Westbrook saying "I'll f-k you up". Come on up. But when you threaten a woman that's 5-feet tall and 110 pounds, you're a big man.
Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune released the full statement from Westbrook on the interaction with the fan.
After the game, Westbrook said he considered the comment to be inappropriate, racial in nature and disrespectful.
The Jazz, apparently, believed that Keisel was in the wrong, issuing a permanent ban. "Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time that something like this has happened in our arena".
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"I don't confront fans", Westbrook said last April. If there's a preponderance of evidence suggesting that Keisel acted inappropriately - and one might say there is already - they must act accordingly. "He's not. They're coming at him first". Never fought a fan. You can watch a video of the incident below. Not sure what these fans said to him, but he also had issues with Jazz fans during the postseason.
Fans boo. That's expected and even encouraged in arenas. Often, it is not. On the flip side, the fan in question said that he thought the exchange was all in fun between an opposing player and fan. "That's what you want. So this guy needs to be exposed". A melee ensued, and nine players were suspended.
At the center of the incident was Jazz fan Shane Keisel.
During Monday's game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Westbrook and a fan had a heated exchange, with video posted to social media - which subsequently went viral - showing Westbrook say, "I will f*** you up". Violators are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and each team handles things its own way.
After the game the National Basketball Association star said the altercation started because he was told to "get down" on his knees like "you're used to". Westbrook scored back-to-back baskets as part of a 9-1 run that put the Thunder up 98-84 with 1:32 remaining. Later that night, Westbrook described fans in Utah as "truly disrespectful". The Thunder guard responded by saying he was getting heat, not ice. You want to say, 'Be above it. I join other players in calling for all teams to take a stand.
The Thunder toppled the Jazz on Monday to claim the season series 4-0.