During Tuesday night’s clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets, a young fan sitting at a courtside seat became a story after he stood up and pushed/hit Russell Westbrook on his arm.
It wasn’t a big hit, but it was enough to get Westbrook’s attention to make him turn around and stare the kid down before he realized he screwed up and sat down next to his dad.
After thinking about it for a second, Westbrook leaned down and have a conversation with the dad and his son.
Following the game, the OKC Thunder superstar informed reporters of what was said and sent a message to other fans about their behavior.
“He hit me,” Westbrook said, “So I told his dad, ‘be careful, man, you can’t have your son just hitting random people. I don’t know him, he don’t know me. So, just letting him know, ‘You’ve just got to control your kids.’”
At the end of the conversation, Westbrook gave the young fan a reassuring pat on the leg. Westbrook said at first he didn’t know who had touched him. He just felt contact.
“For all fans though, there’s too much leeway for the fans to be able to touch the players and get away with it, and then you can’t react and do the things that we need to do to protect ourselves. … But I can’t do nothing. What am I going to do, hop in the stands? But there has to be some type of rule or some type of boundaries set that you can’t allow that.”