Let me start by saying; this is a loaded story.
Takes are flying left and right and I feel as though there are mostly two schools of thought:
A. Russ was just standing up for himself and that fan was a racist asshole who had it coming
B. Russ was out of line
I understand exactly where the people defending Westbrook are coming from (including Westbrook himself). Trust me, this fan does not exactly seem like a model citizen as was made apparently clear by a quick 30 second screen recording of his now deleted Twitter via Taylor Twellman:
At this point you’re probably wondering about the headline of this post so enough context and let me explain:
Westbrook and his supporters are absolutely right to say this fan was out of line, disrespectful, etc. But are they right in saying the best course of action was to yell at a real life internet troll (and I quote) “I’ll fuck you up. You and your wife”.
I certainly don’t think so.
Unsurprisingly some players came to Russ’ defense:
Ah, yes, the ole “As men…” line. Again, (and I can’t reiterate this enough) I get the fact that this fan is scum of the earth material but are we serious with this “Well what else was he supposed to do?” narrative? As an NBA superstar on a *googles* 5 year $205 million dollar deal I’d expect you to either:
A. Turn the other cheek (Granted, it’s hard to do)
B. Notify security and have the fan removed (what a concept!)
C. Let this guy know he’s scum of the earth maybe without also threatening to beat his wife up
I guess all I’m really trying to say is that there are two sides to every story and in this case both parties involved seem to be in the wrong. However, and it might just be one college blogger’s opinion, but I would say I expect more out of the NBA superstar than the brainless twitter troll. At the end of the day, Russ could have remembered the fact that he gets paid to record triple doubles in the NBA on a nightly basis and this guy pays to watch him do it.
He let him get under his skin and the reaction was completely out of line.
P.S- The fan appears to be a full-blown racist by all accounts but the actual line in question “get down on your knees like you’re used to” is in my humble opinion to be about the act of fellatio… not a race thing.