Russell Westbrook’s wife Nina Earl Westbrook likely gets to see a different version of Russ than the rest of us. We have grown accustomed to the moody, sometimes petulant NBA superstar who has an equal penchant for triple doubles as he does for technicals. Nina Earl sees the sensitive, stylish version of Russell Westbrook that she met while the pair were students at UCLA.
Russell Westbrook’s wife Nina Earl attended UCLA where she played basketball. While Russ left after his sophomore year, Nina stayed at UCLA for four years. In the 2010-2011 UCLA Women’s Basketball Media Guide, she provides a lot of information, most interestingly that her favorite basketball player is none other than Russell Westbrook.
Russell and Nina talk to each other repeatedly on Twitter. In the early days of these conversations, their relationship was nothing more than a rumor. You see, there was no definitive proof of a relationship that could be found from those social media transcripts. At the time, MediaTakeOut did show pictures of Nina and Russell taking a vacation with Westbrook’s family. The same website reported that their source passed along these pictures as well as first hand information supporting the rumor that they were dating. Obviously, this rumor turned out to be true.
Nina Earl became Russell Westbrook’s wife in August of 2015. The couple was married at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The wedding was a fashionable affair. The wedding was attended by many of Russell’s teammates, including Kevin Durant and Kevin Love (his teammate at UCLA). Also, what celebrity wedding would be complete without a Kardashian? No worries, James Harden fell on his sword for that duty and brought Khloé.
Russell and Nina are very active with charities. At one point, the pair gave out over 800 turkeys for Thanksgiving. They both attended the event and personally handed out the turkeys.
At one point, there were rumors coming from an online comment board (credible sources galore here), that Nina was being strongly considered for VH1’s Basketball Wives: LA cast. It definitely didn’t happen and to be honest, we’re not surprised. Nina seems like she is far too classy for a show like that.