Russell Westbrook says ‘time to stop’ Lakers fans mocking him

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook opens up about how the relentless taunts from Lakers fans are taking a toll on his family.

As the Los Angeles Lakers fans booed loudly during the team’s 28-point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Russell Westbrook said the booing didn’t bother him and he wouldn’t bring it home with his wife and children.

While Westbrook may not bring negativity home to his family, it has been shown to be able to infiltrate his family life and affect his family members. As Lakers slip into even bigger deficit with 117-110 loss to San Antonio Spurs, Westbrook reveals he has had enough about booing and mocking for the good of his family.

“It’s not acceptable to be ashamed of my name, ashamed of my character, ashamed of who I am,” Westbrook said. “I haven’t done anything to anyone, I haven’t hurt anyone, I haven’t done anything but play basketball in a way that people might not like. This is just a game. This is not my whole life.”

Westbrook reveals how the ridicule from his own fan base has gotten so bad that he doesn’t want his wife, mother or children exposed to the constant negatives that head the road his.

“My family doesn’t even want to watch the game at home, any game, because the media around the globe use their platforms to embarrass, shame, embarrass me,” he said. Westbrook said. “It’s super unfortunate, and it’s extremely frustrating for me, and it’s time for me to continue working on that.”

Russell Westbrook speaks out against Lakers fan mockery

Westbrook is currently choosing to speak about this because his wife, Nina Westbrook, has spoken out about the harassment she has received. Lakers Nation and even Skip Bayless.

When Russell Westbrook spoke out about how this affected his family, basketball fans spoke out in his defense.

It’s easy for online fans and even in-person Lakers fans to troll Westbrook for “ruining their team,” but harassment isn’t what makes an intrepid professional athlete like Westbrook was concerned. Criticism of basketball is always fair, but verbal harassment and death threats are never. Russell Westbrook says ‘time to stop’ Lakers fans mocking him

John Verrall

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