The market was captured on video and submitted on Twitter with a reporter to Utah’s Deseret News. It was unclear what prompted the market.
Based on the Deseret News, five fans received”warning cards” related to this Westbrook incident. The cards mentioned comments, gestures or behaviors aimed in players in violation of the NBA’s code of conduct for buffs. Every one of these fans were able to come back to their seats, the Deseret News reported.
— Ute Believer (@UteBeliever) March 12, 2019
“I promise you,” Westbrook says in the market. “You think I am playingwith. I vow to God. I vow to God. I’ll f– you up; you and your lady. I’ll f– you up”
Someone off-camera subsequently seems to try to verbally intervene.
“No, f– ! F– which!” Westbrook shouts, pausing before resuming his initial exchange.
“Everything I like n–, I promise you.”
Westbrook failed to draw any discipline from the game officials to the discussion with the fan during the Thunder’s 98-89 triumph .
The episode was similar to the finale of the past year’s first-round playoff series involving the playoffs and Thunder, when Utah ousted OKC in six games, after which Westbrook became involved with a fan since he exited the court.
“I didn’t confront fans; fans faced me,” Westbrook said after the April game. “within Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar matters are believed into the players with those fans. It’s truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids. It’s truly disrespectful into the game, man”
That night, Westbrook awakened in a fan’s phone as he walked into the tunnel following Thunder’s reduction, and after scoring 46 points on 43 shots. It had been the 2nd discussion of this nighttime for Westbrook using a courtside fan, with him snapping one that said to him as he left the ground in halftime.
“I feel it’s something which has to be drawn up,” he continued. “I am tired of simply going outside and playingwith, then a fans saying anything the hell they would like to state. I am unfamiliar with that. If I had been on the street, they mightn’t only appear to me and say whatever mad, because I don’t play s–. Thus, to disrespect me and do anything they wish to do needs to be placed to an end, particularly here in Utah.”