If this wasn’t a recurring thing where Russell Westbrook butted heads with this media, this would be a pretty hilarious thing. Because the “did you lose or did they win” kind of question is really dumb.
Westbrook simply walked off. The temperamental team captain got fed up with a reporter’s question and suddenly turned his back and ended the interview before walking away. The exchange was as follows. “Russell, did you guys lose this game, or did the Jazz win this one?” Westbrook: “Whaaaaat? Bro, what are you talking about, man? I’m out man. Y’all n***** trippin’.”
Westbrook’s sound bite was good for a quick laugh and easily makes his top three all-time interview quotes. But what was sad about the exchange is that everyone on the team, players and staffers included, simply supported him. They came to his defense even after he lost his patience, snapped on a reporter, prematurely ended an interview and used offensive language. It’s one of the reasons Westbrook will always be Westbrook. Nobody seems to hold him accountable, on the court or in front of the cameras. A pretty generic question, one that players get asked all the time in every sport, caused him to erupt. But by now, that behavior is just what you expect out of Westbrook.
This is just the latest episode of Westbrook being exceedingly icy with the media. It’s not that he’s just a little rude or something. It’s that he operates with downright contempt and open disrespect to the media.
I understand as fans you don’t care because the media are all losers and jerks anyway, but there’s a difference between dealing with reporters and not treating them like human beings.
Russ is Russ though, and that’s the way it is.