Russell Westbrook's contentious relationship with Utah Jazz fans hit a new level Monday when he threatened two people during a break in play in Monday’s game.
Video captured a heated Westbrook and was posted on Twitter.
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Things get heated between Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fans again. “I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife,” he says. Not sure what these fans said to him, but he also had issues with Jazz fans during the postseason. pic.twitter.com/LquwRmLVNy
“I’m gonna tell you one thing. I’ll f—- him up,” Westbrook tells somebody standing off camera.
Westbrook then turns his attention to the person at the receiving end of his ire.
“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.”
Russell Westbrook through the years
Russell Westbrook through the years
UCLA's Russell Westbrook, right, is congratulated by NBA commissioner David Stern after being picked fourth overall by the Seattle SuperSonics during the first round of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) brings the ball up court in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Houston, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
In this Dec. 10, 2008, photo, Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Westbrook was named the NBA's Western Conference rookie of the month for December. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook poses for a photo during the 2009-2010 Thunder Media Day in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, September 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings forward, Tyreke Evans, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. Oklahoma City won 102-87. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook listens to a question during a news conference at media day in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Oklahoma City won 114-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook, answers questions at Jordan Brand’s Flight Experience on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in Houston, TX. Westbrook was Jordan Brand’s first athlete to debut the AJXX8s, wearing them for the first time in December of 2012. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision for Jordan Brand/AP Images)
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 4: Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) is seen during the Portland Trail Blazers 111-104 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center on December 4, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Elise/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) cheers in front of Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to a call by referee Gary Zielinski, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates following a dunk during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Oklahoma City. A source with direct knowledge of the situation says the Thunder have reached a new deal with All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. The two sides have agreed on a new three-year contract worth $85.7 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, because the team had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this June 27, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder NBA player Russell Westbrook arrives for the presentation of Dior Homme men's Spring-Summer 2016 fashion collection in Paris, France. When you're Westbrook, the undisputed king of NBA fashion, you don't spend the offseason like typical players do. The five-time All-Star passes his time designing clothes, perched on the front row for shows during New York Fashion Week or talking style and tennis with Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, File)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 24: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the first half in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Oklahoma City won 112-100. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 29: Seconds before being ejected from the game, Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder questions official Brian Forte #45 about a call during the second half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on December 29, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks after a steal against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: NBA player Russell Westbrook poses with the Best Male Athlete award backstage during The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 honoree Russell Westbrook at Sports Illustrated 2017 Fashionable 50 Celebration at Avenue on July 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on November 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 26: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on February 26, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Westbrook: ‘Completely disrespectful ... racial’
Westbrook addressed the interaction after the game in a statement to the media.
“The realization of it is — how it started was — a young man and his wife in the stands told me to ‘get down on my knees like you used to,’” Westbrook said. “To me that’s just completely disrespectful. To me, I think it’s racial, and I think it’s inappropriate in the sense that there’s no protection for the players.
“If I had to do it over again, I would say the exact same thing. I truly will stand up for myself and my family and my wife and my mom and my dad every single time. ... As for beating up his wife, I’ve never put my hand on a woman, I never will.”
Westbrook’s teammate Patrick Patterson also discussed the incident after the game on Twitter.
Fans can say shit about a mans family, wife, & kids.. Tell a player “Get down on your knees like your use to.” 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.
Salt Lake City’s KSL caught up with the fan who said he was on the receiving end of Westbrook’s tirade after the game. Shane Keisel called Westbrook “classless” and said he never swore at Westbrook during their interaction.
“He’s gotta be a professional. She was sitting down the entire time,” Keisel said of his wife. “It was actually kind of having fun, to be honest. He was smiling at one point.
“Russ is just F-bombing, and carrying on acting a fool down here and everybody’s getting on him ... I just told him sit down and ice your knees, bro. ... Then it turned into not safe for work. I never said a swear word to him.”
Keisel went on to say that his wife was never involved in the interaction.
“She never left her seat,” Keisel said. “Never said a word. Hands in her lap. Never said a single swear word to him. ... He can threaten me all he wants. I was the one talking to him. But don’t threaten a woman. She’s 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, man. I mean never said a word to him. Her first NBA game, ever. Welcome to the NBA, Jen.”
Fan has tweeted about Westbrook
Monday was not the first time Keisel has called Westbrook “classless.” He did so as well on Twitter during last year’s heated playoff series between the Jazz and Thunder.
He’s also tweeted in October that “Russell Westbrook needs to go back where he came from!! #MAGA”
“We are continuing to investigate the unfortunate exchange at tonight’s game between Russell Westbrook and fans,” the statement reads. “Multiple warning cards were issued by arena security. Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment.
“If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA code of conduct, appropriate action will be taken.”
Westbrook’s bad blood with Utah fans
Westbrook has a public history with Jazz fans dating back to last year’s playoffs when Utah won a hotly contested first-round series over Oklahoma City.
After that playoff loss, a frustrated Westbrook told reporters that fans in Utah are disrespectful and bring up players’ families when talking to them.
“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. 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 shit. 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.”
Another playoff matchup could raise tensions
Things in Utah appear to be only getting worse between Westbrook and Jazz fans. His comments and the reports of what Keisel said to him will surely catch the attention of the NBA, which has a growing problem with negative fan interactions between fans and players.
Fans have access to NBA players like in no other sport, with seats extending down to the same floor that players play on and no barrier in between.
Barring a playoff matchup, Oklahoma City’s 98-89 win Monday will be the last time these two teams face each other this season. The Thunder are currently slated for the No. 4 seed in the playoffs, while the Jazz would be the No. 6 seed if the postseason started today.
But a small swing in the standings either way could point to a rematch of last season’s first-round series.