Grizzlies fan reveals what he said to Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook really doesn’t like being called “Westbrick”.

On Wednesday night, during the second quarter of a game in which Westbrook scored 38 points to lead the Clippers to a road victory over the Grizzlies, Westbrook attempted to eject a Memphis fan for apparent heckling.

The fan in question was Benjamin Orgel, 30, who works in real estate in Memphis, and he told his side of the story to The Post.

“You’re going to laugh at this,” Orgel said.

“He turned his back to me and I just said ‘Westbrick.’ I didn’t say ‘You’re useless.’ I didn’t say anything. I just said ‘West-Brick’, once, like chanting it.”

The matter escalated from there.

“Then he turned and said, ‘What did you tell me?'”

“Westbrick,” repeated Orgel.

“Then he said, ‘What the fk did you call me?'” Orgel recalled. “I said, ‘Westbrick.’ Then he said, ‘Throw him out of the f–king game.'”

The Grizzlies fan was confronted by several security guards and asked to give up his seat.

“Clippers security and NBA security took me in the back, and I told them what happened,” Orgel said.

“I said, ‘Guys, to be honest I just said ‘Westbrick.’ I didn’t say ‘You’re useless.’ I said nothing.’ And they said, ‘Look, we verified what happened to Russell and you can go back in the game.’ I was back in my seat after 30 seconds.


Clippers guard Russell Westbrook calls the referee a heckling fan.
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Grizzlies fan Benjamin Orgel, 30, explained that Russell Westbrook sought to eject him for calling him a West-brick.
Grizzlies fan Benjamin Orgel, 30, explained that Russell Westbrook sought to eject him for calling him a West-brick.
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Westbrook had previously encountered a fan who called him by the same name, and in recent years publicly changed his nickname to mock his poor shooting percentage.

When asked how his views about Westbrook changed after Wednesday night’s incident, Orgel said, “I honestly feel bad for the guy that if someone called him Westbrook it would bother him.” will do it.”

“I looked at social media after the game and it was funny,” Orgel said.

“Dave Portnoy was also Saying Westbrook gets upset when people call him Westbrick – people assumed that’s what happened, which is actually true!

Westbrook once challenged Skip Bayless by saying that the FS1 host would not call him West-Brick to his face (if they ever met face-to-face, Bayless would still be willing to use the name), and The point guard’s wife, Nina, also spoke about the nickname.

“It is so disheartening that you continue to malign my family name,” Nina Westbrook tweeted at Bayless last June.

“Today was a very sad day for my daughters and me. The fact that you can’t honor a simple request to try not to tarnish my family name is hurtful and kind of a bummer. It is very sad.”

In his conversation with The Post, Orgel was amazed that such mild heckling would get under Westbrook’s skin to such an extent.

“I understand the fan conduct,” he said. “I’ve been going to 35 games a year since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2000. I know how to behave.”

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