Russell Westbrook's Brother Removed from Staples Center After Coming on Court

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2019

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Raynard Westbrook, the younger brother of Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook, was escorted out of Staples Center following Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he became engaged in a heated confrontation with Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell.

"He rushed the court," a security official told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. "He was in clear violation."

It's unclear what sparked the incident, which occurred shortly after the Clippers scored a 122-119 victory over the Rockets. Harrell didn't provide any specifics afterward, per Haynes.

"I ride for my team and my city," he said. "All I care about is who's on my team. And we won. That's all that matters."

Raynard complied with security's commands to leave the court, and there was "no further incident" as he was escorted out of the arena, according to the report.

In February 2018, the elder Westbrook brother requested a review of NBA security measures after a fan stepped on the court to confront him while he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder following a road game against the Denver Nuggets.

"You gotta be able to protect the players, man," Russ told reporters. "The fans are obviously there to enjoy the game, but they can't come onto the floor. That's totally unacceptable. They'll look at it and figure out what's the best way to deal with it, but to me, that's just totally unacceptable."

Harrell recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes Friday. Westbrook tallied 22 points, six assists and five boards in 34 minutes.

The Western Conference contenders face off at Staples Center again Dec. 19.