Julius Randle Adresses His Comments to Fans

After New York Knicks Forward Julius Randle made a thumbs-down gesture to the fans on Thursday night at home against the Celtics and then clarified exactly what his gesture was intended to mean, the 27-year old big man took to Instagram to address the Knicks fans in an attempt to clear the air. Randle went on to write, "Just want to send a quick message to our fans and be clear -- 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 family and I love how the fans and New Yorkers have embraced and accepted us and have made us feel great about our decision to commit long-term with the team this past summer. This support means the world to us.”

Randle went on to say that his gesture and post-game comments were, “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.”, and that, “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. I am going to keep focusing on the future.”

The New York Knicks take on the Celtics again on Saturday night, this time in Boston, for what is sure to be a testy affair. Randle and co. will be hoping for a similar result against the struggling Celtics as the Knicks continue their push towards playoff contention. Check out below for highlights from Thursday’s 108-105 win for the Knicks.

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