Russell Westbrook is right in the middle of a tough season with the Los Angeles Lakers both on and off the court.
The UCLA product has struggled greatly since his trade from the Wizards last summer, and it's starting to get to him. After the loss on Monday night, Russell Westbrook spoke in depth about the verbal abuse he and his family have endured while in Los Angeles. It was the first time with the Lakers that Russ was very open and honest, and it was sort of heartbreaking to hear what he and his family have had to go through.
Westbrook addressed a series of tweets posted by his wife, Nina, which detailed the harassment the guard receives daily, including "death wishes" towards her and her family.
"I 100 percent stand behind my wife and how she's feeling," Westbrook told the media. "When it comes to basketball, I don't mind the criticism of missing and making shots. But the moment it becomes where my name is getting shamed, it becomes an issue."
"Me and my wife were at teacher-parent conference for my son. And the teacher told me, 'Noah, he's so proud of his last name. He writes it everywhere. He writes it on everything. He tells everybody and walks around and says, 'I'm Westbrook.' ... And I kind of sat there in shock, and it hit me, like, 'Damn. I can no longer allow people [to tarnish my family's name],’” Westbrook said.
Westbrook said towards the end of the press conference that he has told his family to not attend games.
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