'I'll F**k You Up': Russell Westbrook Warns Utah Jazz Fans

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

The star point guard then said after the game that the fan had said comments that were "racial" and "inappropriate".

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

Here's Jazz fan Shane Keisel's side of the story. Come on up. But when you threaten a woman that's 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, you're a big man.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook got into an altercation with a fan at Monday's game against the Utah Jazz. "I never said a swear word to him".

Video of Westbrook saying, "I'll f-- you up" to Keisel while standing near the end of the Thunder bench during the second quarter went viral after being posted on Twitter. He added that he has never physically abused a woman and never would.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 27, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The Jazz did not name Keisel in their statement announcing the ban, and a phone number for him rang unanswered. From time to time, individual fans exhibit poor behavior and forget their manners and disrespect players on other teams. Mitchell said he will devote some time in the coming months to try to combat racial inequality. "It happens in pretty much every game, they picking on Russ", said Felton.

In light of recent events, we want to address fan behavior and how we choose to express the passion we all have for the Utah Jazz.

Westbrook admits he threatened the fan. Others have not been as pleasant, and Denver's Will Barton said he believes fans know they can get a reaction from Westbrook.

Pacers fans didn't just boo, though.

"I don't know who's right or who's wrong in that situation, but I'm just glad everyone's OK".

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In a social media age, anything can be captured by cameras.

Check out this thread from Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, including video of the incident itself and Westbrook's postgame comments. I don't really mind the fan interaction, but not while I'm at work ... let me come to our office and yell in your ear like that. In the wake of the incident, National Basketball Association teams are being pushed by the league to create PSAs on the "importance of respect and civility in National Basketball Association arenas".

Sometimes, the banter is friendly.

This was never an issue until November 19, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

After the fight was broken up, Artest charged into the stands to confront a fan that had thrown a drink at him.

In total, nine players received suspensions for their actions.

"When bad incidents like Monday night happen, it not only affects the player it's directed at, it also affects our players". Violators are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and each team handles things its own way.

Keisel told Salt Lake City television station KSL that he told Westbrook to "sit down and ice your knees, bro".

Utah fans, in general, have been known to be pretty brutal. The eight-time All-Star got in a pair of verbal altercations with Jazz fans in the series-clinching Game 6 loss previous year when he swiped at a fan who was filming him leaving the court and yelled at another fan who confronted him at the tunnel. "It's truly disrespectful to the game, man". "It just most of the time doesn't get documented". Players, who may even back Westbrook, are likely less inclined to respond with a threatening retort at a fan.

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