I Think It's Probably Safe To Say That Russell Westbrook Is Just About Done Pulling Punches Towards Entitled And Disrespectful Fans
One step closer. I don't know that Russell Westbrook would ever lose his wits to the point of putting his hands on an obnoxious, arrogant, entitled, or even racist fan. I do, however, know that I'd start taking whatever precautions possible if I were Adam Silver and the NBA, as it's certainly trending in the direction that even a Malice at the Palace-worthy reaction would be both warranted and foreshadowed...
Now, if he had to do all over again, I'm sure Russell Westbrook would have granted the following asshole's unfortunate wife a reprieve in his rant, as threatening a woman - no matter how haphazardly - only stood to distract/detract from his point. With some people actively looking for a reason to treat him as the bad guy in the situation, that's a pretty easy thing to latch onto. Still, all signs point to Westbrook being spot-on in his postgame analysis of the atmosphere in Utah...
The fact of the matter is that, no matter how polarizing the messenger, fans have begun begging with more and more frequency to be put in their place, and that place is in seats that either don't or definitely shouldn't come with some complimentary sense of security and a victim card taped underneath. There's only one person in this story who needs his ass kicked, and it's not the athlete that came over the top after being targeted with racial undertones. If neither other attendees nor the security in NBA arenas are going to get their shit together in enforcing a mutual respect between players and those that should consider themselves lucky to sit within earshot of the action then someone else just might. I promise that someone only stands to pour more gasoline on a fan-sparked fire, as throwing around inflammatory insults is just about the quickest way to find yourself cashing a reality check and catching some hands.