At no point this season has Russell Westbrook’s name been elevated for the better. Considering what a sticky situation it was for his franchise when the Los Angeles Lakers barely held on to a threat, the player is responsible for some of what’s happening. And if you’re a player in the great Lakers franchise, the fans are extremely passionate about their team.
The Los Angeles Lakers star has averaged 18.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists, which are the lowest since 2014. His playing style doesn’t quite match the Lakers’ requirements, but the coaching staff has tried to put together a system to work it out. Amidst all this confusion, the former MVP has received a lot of hate from Lakers fans, and things have gone a step too far.
Nina Westbrook responded to her husband’s criticism on social media
We all know the nickname given to Russell Westbrook, “Westbrick”. Most fans and followers might not have thought much about it considering it’s an onslaught on the player’s form, but for the family themselves it felt like an insult, according to Nina, Russell Westbrook’s wife. she said on twitter, “When I’m being harassed on a daily basis for playing basketball and being sent profanity and death wishes for myself and my family because you’re telling your ‘truth’, it’s hard for me to get on board with it.”
The NBA point guard also spoke on the issue, saying: “I don’t even want to take my kids to the game because I don’t want them to hear people call their dad nicknames for no reason because he plays the game he loves. It’s gotten so bad that my family doesn’t even want to go to home games or any games because the media around the world use their platform to constantly shame me.
Stephen A. Smith expresses concern for the Westbrook family
Stephen .A. blacksmith, an analyst on ESPN shared his thoughts on the situation and revealed he is upset that Russ’ family is going through such troubles. He said, “My heart goes out to Mrs. Westbrook and her children. There is no excuse for that. There are some despicable, reprehensible people in this world who will use any excuse under the sun to spew poison and more. Death wishes to a woman and a family. When you think about the times we live in, the fact that anyone would do such a thing is terrifying.”
He declared his sympathy for Russ and his family amid all the chaos and hate surrounding his name in the league. He also felt the need to say that Westbrook had all the negativity about himself. “With all due respect, my brother, you can’t get through here. Russell Westbrook shouldn’t be threatened Russell Westbrook shouldn’t have to deal with his family being threatened. Being abused as a basketball player is not beyond the scope.” Smith believes the harassment is unnecessary, but his game’s heckling was self-inflicted.
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https://firstsportz.com/nba-you-being-heckled-as-a-basketball-player-is-in-the-scope-stephen-a-smith-reasons-out-why-russell-westbrook-is-to-blame-for-threats-and-harassment/ Stephen A. Smith explains why Russell Westbrook is responsible for threats and harassment