Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook appeared to have a very lighthearted moment with a young fan in the course of Tuesday night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, right after the kid reached out and patted him on the arm during a dead ball.
As seen in the footage below, Westbrook gave the kid a stare before heading to have a word with him and his father. His message: “you can’t have your son just hitting random people. ”
Lil kid pushes Russell Westbrook on the sideline….gets a talking to from Russ. pic.twitter.com/izDoL4ZacD
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“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.'”
“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.”
"There's got to be some type of rule or some type of boundary set that you can't allow that."
–Russell Westbrook after a court-side fan touched him Tuesday night pic.twitter.com/T2i0jpGT5W
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 27, 2019