March 18, 2019
An altercation with a fan led NBA star Russel Westbrook into a furious rant at the man and his wife after an allegedly racist comment.
NBA star Russel Westbrook was involved in a court-side altercation with a fan, which led to the basketball player uttering threats and profanity at the man and his wife.
The incident took place at an OKC Thunder vs. Utah Jazz game on March 11, 2019.
"I swear to God, I'll f*ck you up, you and your wife. I'll f*ck you up."
According to the fan involved in the incident, 45-year-old Shane Keisel, he only shouted at Westbrook::
"Ice those knees up!"
At this, Westbrook exploded, shouting invective at the man and his wife, whom he was ever involved in the incident:
"She never got up. She never stood up. She never said a word to him.I mean, it's all fine, we're having fun and games with the guy and we're talking, but at the end of the day, no man should threaten a woman, period."
According to Westbrook, Keisel's wife was up on her feet beside him, screaming at him and making threatening gestures
Westbrook's version of the incident is dramatically different from Keisel's. He claims the fan screamed a racially-charged slur at him:
"Get down on your knees like you're used to!"
According to Westbrook, Keisel's wife was up on her feet beside him, screaming at him and making threatening gestures, which is why he included her in his tirade:
"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."
After an investigation of the incident, including interviews with eye-witnesses and consulting video taken at the scene, Utah Jazz has issued a statement banning Shane Keisel permanently from attending the team's games.
The investigation backed up Westbrook's version of the incident, and ex-NBA players have come out in support of Westbrook:
"I said it b4 @utahjazz have the most racist fans in the @NBA."
It is a worrying development that racial incidents are on the rise across American society, and now sullying the sports arena.
As he declared after the incident with the fan, unlike many other sportsmen, Russel Westbrooks, 30, has never been involved in incidents of domestic violence, and is, in fact, well known for being a devoted family man.
Westbrook married his college sweetheart Nina Earl in 2015 and welcomed his first child, Noah Russell in 2017.
In November 2018, the couple welcomed twin daughters, Jordyn and Skye, Fans of the player were delighted when his wife Nina posted a stunning black-and-white photo of the adorable twins' little faces for the first time.