NBA All-star Westbrook threatens to 'f*** up' fan after racial slur

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center

NBA: Russell Westbrook unleashes profanity-laden tirade at fan after being provoked

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook doesn't have a great history with Utah Jazz fans and the animosity continued Monday evening.

Much as top dollar tickets will get you within breathing distance of some of the highest-paid basketballers on the planet, there's still a responsibility on fans sitting courtside at National Basketball Association games to just... y'know... not be a dick.

The 30-year-old was caught on video responding to the man, saying: 'I'll f*** you up, you and your wife'. "You and your wife, I'll f*** you up". I promise you, everything I love.

According to the Oklahoma City Thunder guard, they told him to 'get down on my knees like I used to'.

A video captured by Jazz beat writer Eric Woodyard of The Deseret News showed Westbrook in a heated confrontation with a fan near the Thunder bench.

"Fans can say s-t about a mans family, wife, (and) kids", Patterson tweeted.

"As men, what do you expect us to do?"

'Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment, ' the Jazz statement said. 'There's got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say.

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Following the exchange with the fan past year, Westbrook opened up on the "disrespectful" fan-base in Utah.

It's by no means Westbrook's first run-in with Utah fans inside the Jazz's home arena.

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 25 for Utah, but shot just 8 for 22 and lamented missing a few opportunities at the rim that could have changed the flow of the game.

"It's a tough night offensively - we missed some open shots at the rim, and at one point cut it to five in spite of that", said coach Quin Snyder. "I did get injured but I'm just trying to go out there every night and compete and hopefully we can get wins every night and that's the main thing, and as a point guard make everyone around me better". 'If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA Code of Conduct, appropriate action will be taken'.

Salt Lake City NBC 5 reporter Jeremiah Jensen spoke to the fan in question following Monday's game.

'There's got to be something done, ' Westbrook said.

"If I had it to do over again, I would say the exact same thing". Every time the Jazzland masses look to get the hype train going for the former No. 5 overall pick, some major injury or another pops up and derails the movement. With these fans, it's truly disrespectful. If they were standing face-to-face with me, not protected, they wouldn't say that. I just think there's got to be something done.

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