Skip to main content
Larry Brown Sports Tagline. Brown Bag it, Baby.
#pounditMonday, April 22, 2024

Video shows Jazz fans calling Russell Westbrook ‘boy’ last year

Russell Westbrook

Monday night’s highly-publicized incident between Russell Westbrook and some Utah Jazz fans received widespread attention, but is far from his first run-in with fans there.

Westbrook had some encounters with Jazz fans throughout their playoff series last year, including one that is just now receiving attention.

Jazz digital media reporter Eric Woodyard shared a video on Tuesday night that he says came before Game 4 of last year’s first-round playoff series between the Thunder and Jazz. Westbrook was called “boy” by a fan. He seemed to tell the fan not to do it. Then after a fan repeated it, Westbrook appeared to call security over.

Westbrook was very sensible and reasonable in his approach that time. He seems to be willing to engage with fans and also frequently alerts security when he feels something bad is said. Perhaps he felt what was said on Monday was so out of line that he took the nuclear option, which was to threaten the fan.

Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his threat and profanity, while the fan was permanently banned by the Jazz.


Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast!

Sports News Minute Podcast
comments powered by Disqus