Hall of Famer Kevin McHale Reacts To The Verbal Altercation Between Russell Westbrook & A Jazz Fan

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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 98-89 on the road at Vivint Smart Home Arena completing the sweep against the Jazz this season. The game was secondary, as former MVP Russell Westbrook got into a verbal altercation with a fan and his wife in the stands. Westbrook can be heard and seen in a Twitter video by Deseret News’ Eric Woodyard clearly upset, and yelling explicit language at a fan and his wife.

“I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife,” he said.

Russell Westbrook’s teammate Patrick Patterson shared what the fan and his wife yelled at Westbrook.

“Get down on your knees like your use to”

After Spurs morning shooting DeMar DeRozan spoke the media and was asked his thoughts on the altercation between Westbrook and the fan in Utah.

“I really can’t speak on it too much, because I don’t know exactly what happened,” DeRozan told me.“Knowing Russ personally, there’s a good reason he went off the way he did. He just wouldn’t do it for nothing. But I don’t know exactly what was said.”

DeRozan is not the only person in the league that shared their reaction to Monday’s incident. Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also reacted to what was said by the fan in Westbrook’s direction.

“I am personally hurt by the incident at the game on March 11th,” Mitchell said. “As a black man living in a community I love, and playing on a team that gives me the opportunity to live out my dreams, this incident hits close to home.

“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena,” he continued. “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fan base. We don’t want to create a negative reputation for athletes who potentially may want to come to Utah.”

Hall of Famer Kevin McHale also shared his thoughts the altercation before the San Antonio Spurs took on the Dallas Mavericks.

“I haven’t read that much I was traveling here last night. So, I know he got into a beef with the fans. I think they suspended the fan from Utah. You hate to see that happen and fans something gets out of control. Evidently, the Jazz that he violated enough protocol that they throw him out, which is good. You pay your money and you can yell and scream, but at a certain point that gets crossed. It’s no good,” McHale told me.

The fan been permanently banned from Jazz games according to a press release they issued Tuesday morning.

This is not the first time Westbrook has had issues with fans in Utah. Last year during the playoffs, Russell was called a “boy” before Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Jazz.

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Written by Landon Buford

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