Thunder star Russell Westbrook was again involved in a heated exchange with Jazz fans.
Westbrook was captured on video screaming “I’ll f— you up, you and your wife” to hecklers Monday during Oklahoma City’s 98-89 win over the Jazz.
After the incident, five spectators received “warning cards” for their behavior, according to the Deseret News. But, they were not kicked out of the arena and returned to their seats, the report says.
Five Utah Jazz fans received “warning cards” that their comments, gestures and/or behaviors directed at players were in violation of the NBA Fan Code of Conduct, but were able to return to their seats after their altercation with Russell Westbrook.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 12, 2019
Westbrook addressed the incident after the game and said the fan told him to “get down on your knees like you’re used to.”
“For me, I’m just not going to continue to take disrespect for my family,” Westbrook said. “I just think 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. I don’t think it’s fair to the players — not just to me, but I don’t think it’s fair to the players.
“And if I had to do it again, I would say the same exact thing, because I truly will stand up for myself, for my family, for my kids, for my wife, for my mom, for my dad every single time. I expect anybody else to do the same. So that’s kind of where I’m at with the whole situation. As for beating up his wife, I have never put my hand on a woman; I never will. Never been in any domestic violence before. Never have before, but once he said the comment, his wife repeated the same thing to me as well. So that’s kind of how that started. I know you guys only got the tail end of the video, but the start of the video is way more important and way more disrespectful than what you guys heard.”
Russell Westbrook on a heated exchange between him and two fans: pic.twitter.com/XoWxx16m0G
— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) March 12, 2019
Thunder forward Patrick Patterson detailed the exchange on Twitter following the game. He said fans are not “held accountable for their actions.”
The Jazz released a statement later in the night saying they are investigating the incident.
The Jazz released this statement via text. pic.twitter.com/zHEJ4Ka6O3
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) March 12, 2019
It was not the first time Westbrook has been involved in an altercation in Utah. He appeared to swat the phone out of a fan’s hand following a loss in Game 6 of the Thunder’s first round series against the Jazz last season.
Westbrook finished the victory with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Oklahoma City improved to 41-26 while the Jazz dropped to 37-29.