Dec 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates against the Boston Celtics in the second half at Staples Center.The Lakers defeated the Celtics 117-102. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret that neither the Los Angeles Lakers nor star point guard Russell Westbrook has not lived up to expectations this season.

The team is currently struggling to hold on to a play-in opportunity in the Western Conference as the 9th seed. Meanwhile, Westbrook has had the worst statistical season since his second year in the league, averaging 18.1 points per game.

This has led to critics jumping at the opportunity to bash Westbrook at every turn, calling him nicknames like “Westbrick,” which have clearly taken a toll on the former MVP and his family.

Nina Westbrook, the wife of the nine-time All-Star point guard, took to social media to blast Fox Sports personality Skip Bayless, who has been notoriously hard on the Lakers point guard this season in his obvious narrative against the Lakers and LeBron James.

She added another tweet on Monday, along with a whole bunch of others, seemingly about Bayless and the general criticism their family has received.

It is reportedly far more serious than just some criticism, as she also said that her family has even received death threats due to Lakers games and Westbrook’s performance.

Following the Lakers’ loss on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, Westbrook was asked by the media about his wife’s comments and all the criticism that he has received this season.

“I one hundred percent stand behind my wife and how she is feeling,” said Westbrook. “My family has reached a point where it is really weighing on them. This is just a game and it isn’t the end all be all. When it comes to basketball, I don’t mind the criticism of missing or making shots. When my name is getting shamed is where it becomes an issue.

“I can no longer allow people to shame my name. It is my legacy for my kids. A lot of times I let it slide, but it’s now time to put a stop to it and put it on notice. I don’t even want to bring my kids to the game because I don’t want them to hear people calling their dad nicknames.”

These comments from the star point guard had many people talking on social media, with many coming to the defense of Westbrook.

Obviously some criticism for athletes is fair, but there is no scenario where death threats are justified. If the families of players don’t feel comfortable at their games, something just isn’t right about that.

[Bleacher Report]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.