Skip to main content

Julius Randle sends a stern message to Knicks fans: "Shut the F up"

julius-randle-thums-down-min (1)

Last night's game between the Knicks and the Celtics in Madison Square Garden was a true thriller that saw New York win at the buzzer, much to the delight of the MSG crowd. It was a good night for Knicks basketball, but one detail caught the eyes of many and stirred up some drama. Knicks star Julius Randle was visibly frustrated with the fans and decided to let them know about it during and after the game.

Drama in New York

It seems like the Knicks, and the Celtics have engaged in some pretty tight battles this season, and last night was no different. Boston took control of the game and even led by 24 in the second quarter, but an inspiring run by the Knicks returned the game in balance during the 4th quarter. Led by Evan Fournier's career night (41 points,10 3PM) and RJ Barrett's buzzer-beating three, the Knicks would complete the comeback and get a much-needed win. Aside from Fournier and Barrett, Julius Randle had a good game, with 22 points and 8 rebounds, but he is in the headlines today for other reasons.

Randle is not happy with Knicks fans

After scoring a bucket in the 4th quarter, Randle would signal thumbs down to the crowd, visibly frustrated with the home fans. The Knicks were getting booed earlier in the game because of their poor play, and the star forward didn't appreciate them coming around.

After the game, a reporter would ask Randle what he meant to signal with the thumbs down, and Randle bluntly and directly answered: "Shut the f--k up!". This was not aimed at the reporter but rather an explanation of Randle's gesture, which obviously didn't sit well with Knicks fans. But it seems like Randle has been the scapegoat for the Knicks' struggles, often targeted by fans and the media.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

New York culture

After the game, the Inside the NBA panel would also react to this and share some advice for Julius Randle:

"When the Knicks are losing, everyone knows that that's a city that's going to boo their team."

Kenny Smith, "> Inside the NBA

"I never understand why players think you're supposed to get cheered when you're playing bad. No, you're gonna get booed, and you're gonna get cheered when you win... That's the deal you make with fans."

Charles Barkley, "> Inside the NBA

"In a city like New York. You're the man on that team. You gotta expect it. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. You're the man. They expect you to play great every night."

Shaquille O'Neal,"> Inside the NBA

Some great points from Shaq, Charles, and Kenny. Of course, you want your fans to stand by you no matter what is happening, but if you are not producing, especially in a city like New York, you're going to get booed no matter who you are. 

Last year was a complete renaissance for the Knicks, with Julius Randle leading them back into relevance, but this season has been a disappointment for both Julius and the Knicks. Randle's numbers have dropped, and the Knicks are currently sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a 19-20 record.

There is still a lot of time to turn things around and have a positive season, but beefing with your fans is not the right way. Knowing how unforgiving and harsh NY fans and media can be, Randle will need to step it up exponentially if he wants to make amends with them.

WWE star Logan Paul and Dwight Howard

WWE legend Triple H’s dare to Dwight Howard: “Be like Logan Paul, Bad Bunny, Tyson Fury”

Dwight Howard doesn't just want to be a run-of-the-mill professional wrestler.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett

"I’m still a Timberwolf until I die, as I am a Celtic" - Kevin Garnett addresses rift with Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett is not in good terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his love for the city has never changed.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

"It's a way to really challenge yourself" — Kevin Love talks about the hardest workout he's ever done

Kevin Love revealed the hardest workout he has ever done and it doesn't have anything to do with basketball.

BYU Cougars guard Jimmer Fredette shoots over San Diego State Aztecs forward Kawhi Leonard

“He said some things” — Jimmer Fredette on Kawhi Leonard's trash talk

En route to a 72-54 win, Kawhi Leonard approached Jimmer Fredette and talked smack to him.


Boban Marjanovic doesn't think LeBron James is "the strongest player" in the league: 'It depends on what you measure'

Boban Marjanovic thinks it's impossible to hail LeBron James or anybody as the strongest player in the league there are a lot of factors to consider in measuring strength.

Yao Ming & Steve Francis

"It was me who was bothered by it" - Steve Francis on Yao Ming's transition to NBA

Steve Francis thought Yao Ming will succumb to the pressures of being an NBA star, but he was proven wrong.


The Sixers reportedly almost drafted Kobe Bryant to team up with Allen Iverson in 1996

Drafting Kobe and AI in the same draft would've been the best draft a team had in NBA history.


"Leaders don't do that" — When Kobe Bryant shared why Shaquille O'Neal is not the leader of the Lakers

Kobe Bryant said Shaquille O'Neal didn't even reach out to him amid his legal battle.