Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook got into a heated exchange with a fan during Monday night's home game against the Denver Nuggets, with a referee, two security guards and several players quickly moving to calm the tensions.
The incident occurred in the final minute of the game, a 113-104 Clippers loss.
Referee Lauren Holtkamp came over and stood between Westbrook and the male fan in the second row of seats near midcourt as two members of the Crypto.com Arena security staff arrived moments later.
"I’m not going to speak on it because it’s not appropriate," Westbrook said when asked what the fan shouted at him.
Russell Westbrook gets into an extended verbal exchange with a courtside heckler as Clippers lose 113-104 to Nuggets (minus Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon) in LA.
- A referee and players from both teams intervene to cool tensions. pic.twitter.com/3gmUceJOcZ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 28, 2023
Westbrook does have a history of conflicts with fans, though not usually in his own home arena.
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Last season, Westbrook and a Phoenix Suns fan got into a shouting match during the Clippers’ playoff series in Phoenix. In December 2022 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, he had another angry exchange with a fan sitting courtside in Milwaukee.
"It’s unfortunate today fans can say whatever they want," Westbrook said Monday night. "I’m just protecting myself. Personally, I won’t allow it. I won’t stand for it."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Russell Westbrook has shouting match with fan in Clippers-Nuggets game