In case you missed the original story, both Reags and Greenie blogged it yesterday. Long story short, Russell Westbrook said he was going to fuck up a fan and his wife over comments that he viewed as disrespectful and racial. Here’s the interaction…
Russell to fan:
Russell doubling down after the game:
Fan explaining his side of the story:
Obviously, after hearing those sound bites it’s tough not to side with the fan. He seems like a genuine guy who was trying to enjoy the game with his wife. But then someone dug up some of his (alleged) old tweets to Russell and it turns out he’s had his sights on Westbrook for a while. Again, the tweets aren’t confirmed and he’s since gone private so take them with a grain of salt, but here they are.
Not too bad, but then there’s this…
Racial or not, I don’t think he’s talking about sending him back to Oklahoma. We spoke about it on Breakfast earlier today and the whole situation makes you think about what these athletes go through on a daily basis in terms of fan interaction. I’m not saying Westbrook responded appropriately, it’s never okay for an athlete to threaten violence on a fan, but everyone has a breaking point. If you poke a bear enough, eventually they’re going to react. So before you jump down his throat, consider who and what the person getting yelled at did to get there. I’m sure more information on this guy will come out, but for now I’m team Russ. If it turns out I’ve been bamboozled, I’ll change my mind.