Julius Randle Apologized To New York Fans For His Thumbs Down During Thursday’s Comeback Win Over The Celtics

The incident took place in the fourth quarter when Randle converted a layup that cut the deficit to four points with under six minutes remaining. As he ran back down the court to play defense, TV cameras caught him showing a thumbs down.

Knicks forward Julius Randle apologized to New York fans for giving them the thumbs down during Thursday’s comeback win over the Celtics, as well as for his comments postgame. “I understand that my actions also represent the league, this organization and the city and that I should have handled things last night differently,” he said in a social media post on Friday.

Knicks fans had sprayed loud boos at the team earlier in the game, and Randle was clear postgame on what he was trying to convey with the gesture to the crowd: “Shut the fuck up.”

“I love NYC and being a part of this team and this franchise. And like most Knicks fans, I am really passionate about us being successful. … My comment was an example of how sometimes you say things you regret to people you love, even if it came from a place of passion and deep love,” Randle continued in his Friday statement.

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