Video: Fan’s clip of Russell Westbrook slapping phone out of his hand released
As the saying goes, there are b-sides to every story. Most NBA fans have seen the video featuring a Utah Jazz fan holding up a camera near the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook’s face as he made his way to the locker room.
Westbrook reacted violently, which many believe was a response to the fan talking some smack to him. Recently, the fan aired his side of his story, along with the video that proves that he said nothing to provoke the Thunder star.
Below is the story of Jazz fan Chad Linebaugh, who decided to share his story not for exposure, monetary gain, or to hit back at Westbrook, but simply to protect his fellow Jazz devotees. The video below shows Linebaugh’s clip taken from his camera phone, revealing that he did not say anything at all to trigger Westbrook:
Linebaugh said in part:
“I just want the public to understand, in my opinion, the other side of the story.”
Linebaugh’s story comes in after Westbrook commented on his behavior towards fans. From his side of the story, it appeared that the fans had nothing good to say to him and thus, he reacted accordingly. As reported by Royce Young of ESPN, he said:
“I didn’t confront fans; fans confronted me,” Westbrook said. “Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans. It’s truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids. It’s truly disrespectful to the game, man.”
Now that we have both sides of the story, it’s up to us to decide.