Russell Westbrook says Utah fans’ racist taunt led to verbal altercation

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Westbrook had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Thunder to a 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. For me, disrespect will not be taken. If I was on the street, they wouldn't just come up to me and say anything insane, because I don't play that s--.

"I've been in the game many years, I've never done anything to hurt or harm anybody, I've never been in any trouble, never fought a fan..." He said he will no longer tolerate such disrespect.

The video was captured by another fan and posted social media, going viral nearly instantly. I'll f-- you up; you and your wife. It ended, a video of the incident showed, with Westbrook telling the fan, "I swear to God, I'll fuck you up".

"As a black man living in a community I love, and playing on a team that gives me the opportunity to live out my dreams, this incident hits close to home", Mitchell said on Twitter. "I'll f- you up!"' I swear to God, I swear to God, I'll f*** you up. You and your wife. "Everything I love n--, I promise you". But it was Westbrook who specifically said he thought that Keisel's comments during the exchange were "racial" in nature. Keisel also claims his wife never said anything to Westbrook. Because we make millions, we're just expected to shut up and take it.

On Thursday, it appears the Jazz indeed held Keisel accountable.

"As for beating up his wife, I've never put my hand on a woman".

"To me that's just completely disrespectful". 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.

What exactly happened is unclear, but some of Westbrook's peers in the National Basketball Association came to his defense Tuesday, saying fans who sit near players in many arenas now feel emboldened to say things that would be described as disrespectful or worse.

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Westbrook recently objected to a young fan touching him on the sideline during a game. Multiple warning cards were issued by arena security.

"Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment", the Jazz said in a statement.

Gobert said he did not think the comment was representative of the Jazz fan base, saying he has never heard a racist comment made at Vivint Arena in his six seasons with the franchise.

That said, there are two sides to every story, and it's hard to blame Westbrook for reacting in an emotional way given the verbal abuse he allegedly incurred from the fan, later identified as Shane Keisel.

The incident with Westbrook is not the first time he has dealt with unruly fans in Utah, though. Some of the tweets were from last season and insulted Westbrook. "Since I've been here, especially in Utah, a lot of disrespectful things have been said", Westbrook said. It's truly disrespectful. (They) talk about your families, your kids.

"I think it's something that needs to be brought up. If I was on the street, they wouldn't just come up to me and say anything insane, because I don't play that (expletive)". I'm not with that. "He's not. They're coming at him first".

Hopefully, the league gets to the bottom of it, but Westbrook just has to learn to walk away.

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