Russell Westbrook’s Wife Tears ESPN Apart

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Russell Westbrook’s wife is not pleased with ESPN.

Westbrook was traded to the Utah Jazz from the Lakers in a blockbuster trade, and after the move was made ESPN’s Dave McMenamin claimed someone told him Westbrook was “a vampire” in the locker room. It’s not even clear what the hell that’s supposed to mean.

When ESPN shared the quote on Instagram from the channel’s NBA page, his wife Nina went nuclear on the network.

“This is just sick ESPN… Russell is no vampire. This also slander because anyone who knows anything knows that this couldn’t be further from the truth. On a personal note, I have school aged children who have to listen to their peers repeat the nasty things that you guys say on television about their father,” Nina wrote in part on Instagram in reaction to the post.

You can see a screenshot of her comment in the tweet from ClutchPoints below.

Russell Westbrook’s wife is not pleased!

You can’t blame Russell Westbrook’s wife Nina for coming to his defense. That’s what you want out of a ride or die woman, right?

You want someone who is loyal and ready to get into a dogfight if necessary.

Russell Westbrook’s wife Nina comes to his defense after critical ESPN report.. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Also, Nina was hardly the only one to rush to Russell Westbrook’s defense. Multiple major figures in the NBA also commented asking for a source, which is obviously not going to be revealed.

Donovan Mitchell just straight up told ESPN to “stop it.”

NBA players voice support for Russell Westbrook after critical ESPN report. (Credit: Instagram)

While critical reports aren’t new, referring to someone as a vampire is certainly a bit strange. Again, what does that even mean?

Vampires suck blood and kill things in mythology. Is the claim Westbrook sucked the blood out of the Lakers organization?

If so, that’s one hell of a bold claim, and why not just say that directly?

Russell Westbrook’s wife defends him after critical ESPN report. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Strange all the way around, but at least one thing is clear. Don’t mess with Russell Westbrook or his wife will come for you.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. I have total contempt for All Things ESPN … the ChiComms could “nuke Bristol” for all I care. ……. But I have zero sympathy for the families of multi-millionaire celebrities be they athletes, actors, singers, whatever … even elected politicians. They enjoy incredibly pampered lifestyles BECAUSE our society places ridiculous value on what they do.
    … that comes at a price … Public Criticism that may may not be warranted or based in fact. There are no rules for “fans” behavior. There used to be rules for “media behavior” but thats long gone now. Yes, it can be rough on their children and their parents have to prepare them for what their playmates might say about their famous fathers ….. They can always LEAVE the high paying Limelight and be anonymous without all the bling and big bucks.

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