Life Lessons

Young NBA fan learns quickly that you do NOT mess with Russell Westbrook

February 27, 2019

I haven't had the pleasure(?) of bringing a kid to a professional sporting event yet, but when I do, there's an obvious first rule to teach: Do NOT touch the athletes. An addendum to that rule would be to stay away from opposing players in particular. And as a final clarification? Under no circumstances are you to touch—or do anything that could possibly offend—Russell Westbrook.

In other words, some dad at Tuesday's Denver Nuggets game failed. Miserably.

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Late in the third quarter of Denver's 121-112 win over Oklahoma City, a young fan sitting courtside gave the explosive (in more than one way) Thunder star a little tap/jab. Westbrook turned around, flashed a menacing glare, and the kid quickly took his seat. At least, he immediately realized his mistake. Then Westbrook, who handled the situation well, appeared to have a nice little chat with the youngster. Check it out:

And here's a better angle:

Honestly, he's lucky he's a kid or the next person putting hands on him would have been arena security. In any event, we're guessing the kid—and his dad—will be more careful going forward.

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