The incident occurred during the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets game 5 playoff Western Conference semi-final in Orlando, Florida.
The season and subsequent playoffs are being finished in what is called ‘the bubble’ at Disney World Resorts.
The camp contains strict quarantine rules, multiple courts and practice facilities as well as gyms and hotels, giving the players and teams a chance to play the season out.
At first, only player’s, staff, media and organisers were allowed in the venues to cover the games but now player’s friends and families can watch from the sideline whilst wearing masks.
However, one player’s brother, was ejected for ‘waving goodbye’ to an opposing team member.
Laker’s Rajon Rondo’s brother was the man in question.
With the Houston Rockets down 20 points with 8 minutes to go – a huge deficit for any team to overcome – Rondo’s brother started waving at Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook.
Rockets’ Russell Westbrook repeatedly shouts “Who you talking to?” at Rajon Rondo’s brother who was seated in front row & supporting Lakers during Game 5. Austin Rivers adds, “You’ve got to go” before security escorts him out. NBA has policy restricting bubble fan conduct pic.twitter.com/w9Wb3tCXCd
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 13, 2020
Westbrook takes offence and approaches the sideline whilst the ref and players try to pull him back.
He is heard shouting ‘Who are you talking to?’ to Rajon’s brother.
The brother – named William Rondo – is then ejected by staff and led out of the arena.
“People at the game, you’re supposed to shut your mouth and watch the game. That’s the rules, especially when you have families and people here,” Westbrook said after the game.
“Apparently, I guess because [Rajon] Rondo was talking s—, [William] decided he wanted to hop in, too.
“But it’s OK. I mean, it’s all good, I get it. He wanted to take up for his brother. … But those rules stand for everybody, though, no matter who it is — family, whatever.”
Rajon Rondo said he’s hopeful his brother won’t face discipline from the league, adding that his brother didn’t use profanity and that being in a quieter arena made it easier to hear him.
“He didn’t do anything crazy,” Rajon Rondo said. “He called the man ‘trash.’ Fans do what fans do. He’s my brother first. He didn’t do anything disrespectful.”
Westbrook is never one to shy away from confrontation and has been filmed arguing with fans before even telling one to ‘Shut the f*** up and just sit there with your wife!’
However, Westbrook and Houston will have to wait until November for the new season to start as they were eliminated by the Lakers in last night’s game.
The Los Angeles Lakers – who have world star Lebron James on their team – will face either city rivals Los Angeles Clippers or the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals.
The winner of that 7 game series plays the Eastern Conference champions in the playoff finals and then crowned world champions.
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