Video: Russell Westbrook Tells Jazz Fans 'I'll F--k You Up. You and Your Wife'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 11: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up court against the Utah Jazz in the first half of a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 11, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook took exception to something said to him by a Utah Jazz fan during Monday's game.

The Deseret News' Eric Woodyard shared a video in which Westbrook can be heard saying, "I'll f--k you up. You and your wife. I'll f--k you up." (warning: post contains profanity):

Eric Woodyard @E_Woodyard

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. https://t.co/LquwRmLVNy

Westbrook commented on the altercation after the game, via Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune: "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.' To me, that's just completely disrespectful, to me, I think it's racial, and I think it's inappropriate."

Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites

Russell Westbrook made a statement and did not take questions tonight. Here’s all of the statement I can fit into one Twitter vid: https://t.co/EQA3A4jaQQ

Thunder forward Patrick Patterson supported his teammate on Twitter (warning: post contains profanity):

Patrick Patterson @pdpatt

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.

The fan, Shane Keisel, shared his side of the story, via Jeremiah Jensen of KSL TV:

Jeremiah Jensen @JJSportsBeat

Shane Keisel, the Jazz fan who was involved in a verbal altercation with Russell Westbrook during the Jazz loss to the Thunder, explains his side of what happened. @KSL5TV @kslsports #nba https://t.co/ScCSRttTCg

The Jazz released a statement regarding the incident, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com:

"We are continuing to investigate the unfortunate exchange at tonight's game between Russell Westbrook and fans. 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."

According to Woodyard, five fans at Vivint Smart Home Arena received a formal warning that their "comments, gestures and/or behaviors directed at players were in violation of the NBA Fan Code of Conduct." The fans subsequently returned to their seats.

Westbrook has had issues with Jazz fans before.

As he was walking off the court following Oklahoma City's Game 6 loss to Utah in the first round of the playoffs last April, he swiped in the direction of a fan.

"I don't confront fans, fans confront me," he told reporters. "Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans. It's truly disrespectful. (They) talk about your families, your kids. It's just a disrespect to the game and I think it's something that needs to be brought up."