LA Lakers star LeBron James ejected two fans from the stadium during his match against the Indiana Pacers in Thursday morning. “This one right f****** here!”, James said pointing at a young man and woman. The referee asked the pair to leave.
The woman was seen making a pout and was rubbing away fake tears. It’s still unclear how they provoked James to do that. James finished with 39 points on 13-of-29 shooting and had six assists and five rebounds, with the Lakers playing without Anthony Davis because of flu-like symptoms.
LeBron James received an immediate backlash after the incident. He was asked during a post-game press conference that what the fans did that made him “uncomfortable.” James did not claim anything about the two fans, and there were only unsubstantiated rumors online speculating about what happened. He did speak on the matter after the game.
“I mean nothing is uncomfortable for me, but there’s a difference between cheering on your home faithful, booing opponents and things of that nature or not wanting your opponents to be successful, and there’s then moments where it goes outside the line with obscene gestures and words that shouldn’t be tolerated in our game from nobody. I would never say it to a fan and a fan should never say it to a player.”
James, who complained about the use of “obscene” words from fans, can be seen in the video pointing them out. There was a lot of negative reaction online to the incident, with many calling James “LeSnitch” or “LeKaren” for getting the fans ejected.