NBA Star Russell Westbrook & Wife Nina Address Harassment From Fans: We’ve Received Death Threats

Russell Westbrook, Nina Westbrook

NBA Star Russell Westbrook & Wife Nina Address Harassment From Fans: We’ve Received Death Threats 

Russell Westbrook and his wife speak out about harassment from fans.

NBA star Russell Westbrook said that the heckling from fans has gotten so bad his family can’t even attend a game. During a press conference, the Lakers point guard spoke out about the excessive name-calling and shaming.

Westbrook Family

He said:

“It’s really the shaming of my name, the shaming of my character, the shaming of who I am as a person. To me, it’s not warranted. I haven’t done anything to anybody, I haven’t hurt anyone, I haven’t done anything but play basketball a way that people may not like. This is just a game, this is not my entire life. I think that is the ultimate thing that’s been for me. I don’t like to harp on it, I just kinda want it out there.”

He continued:

“But once it starts to affect my family, my wife…even today, my mom said something about it today and it affects them even going to games. I don’t even want to bring my kids to the game because I don’t want them to hear people calling their dad nicknames and out of their name for no reason because he’s playing the game that he loves.”

He added:

“It’s gotten so bad where my family don’t even want to go to the home games, to any game because of…the media across the globe use their platforms to constantly shame, shame, shame me. It’s just super unfortunate, man, and it’s super upsetting to me. I’m at a point to where I’m going to continue to address it.”

The address came after his wife, Nina, tweeted that she’d been receiving death threats.

She wrote:

“When I’m being harassed on a daily basis over basketball games, and I’m having obscenities and death wishes for me and my family sent my way because you’re expressing your ‘truth,’ it’s hard for me to get on board with that,”

She continued:

“I don’t do the things that I do to receive attention, to get clicks, or for show. This is not a game to me. Basketball is a game. This is my life, my children’s lives, and my families’ life. Shaming anyone for any reason is never the answer.”

Nina suggested that sports columnist Skip Bayless’ criticism of Russell prompts some fans’ behavior. She also accused him of blocking her on Twitter. Bayless co-hosts the talk show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.

Bayless denied ever blocking Nina and stated that he would continue to share his opinion.

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Authored by: Roganí Araya