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Knicks' Julius Randle remorseful over foul message: 'Sometimes you say things you regret to people you love'

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New York Knicks star Julius Randle apologized to fans Friday following his explanation that a thumbs-down to the faithful at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night meant “f— you.”

Randle made the gesture during the team’s 25-point comeback win against the Boston Celtics. He appeared to be over the booing from fans, and when they started cheering for him, he wasn’t having it, delivering a thumbs-down gesture. He explained what it meant later in the postgame press conference.

Julius Randle of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics Jan. 6, 2022, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Julius Randle of the New York Knicks celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics during a game at Madison Square Garden Jan. 6, 2022, in New York City.
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“I understand that my actions also represent the league, this organization, and the city, and that I should have handled things last night differently and expressed myself with more professionalism and more appropriate language in the heat of the moment. 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. I am going to keep focusing on the future.”

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) looks to pass the ball around Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the first half of a game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in New York.
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Randle is averaging 19.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season as the team sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 19-20 record.

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