Julius Randle apologizes to Knicks fans for telling them to 'shut the f--- up'

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Julius Randle apologizes to Knicks fans for telling them to 'shut the f--- up'

New York Knicks star Julius Randle apologized to Knicks fans for giving them a thumbs down gesture. After making a layup in the third quarter of a 108-105 win over the Boston Celtics, Randle gave the Knicks fans a thumbs down.

After the game, Randle was asked what message he was trying to get accross. "Shut the f--- up," Randle said. The day later, Randle apologized for his actions. "I should've handled things last night differently and expressed myself with more professionalism and more appropriate language in the heat of the moment," Randle wrote.

"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. "Nobody wants to win more than me and I will continue to show loyalty and dedication to my teammates, the entire Knicks organization, and the fans who have shown me and my family so much love," Randle continued.

"I am going to keep focusing on the future."

Randle didn't mince words after the game

"I really don't give a f--- what anybody has to say, to be honest," Randle said. "I'm out there playing.

Nobody knows the game out there better than I do, compared to what everybody has to say. "So I really don't give a s---. I just go out there and play." The Knicks recovered from a 25-point deficit to beat the Celtics.

"I don't know," Randle said. "It was special for our team. But we kept battling. Obviously don't want to get in a hole, but us as a team, we kept battling, stay with it and found a way to win the game."

After the game, Knicks guard Evan Fournier defended Rand.e "He puts emotion into everything he does," said Fournier. "He probably wasn't happy about [the booing]. Honestly, no big deal. If I were him, playing hard as hell and [playing] well ...

when you give everything you have into something and you give so much into something and it doesn't work out or you're being called out, it's frustrating. "But it's the business we're in. And Julius is the image of the franchise. He's the star player, so of course he's going to get more criticism. And I think he understands that."