Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James had two fans kicked out of their side seats during the Lakers’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in Indianapolis.
After the game, James explained his reasons for knocking fans out and asked what they did to make him “annoyed”.
“I mean, it’s nothing offensive to me, but you know, it’s the difference between cheering on your hometown followers, you know, booing your opponents and the stuff that belongs. that nature and doesn’t want the opponent to succeed,” he said, “and then, you know, those moments where it goes out of its way with gestures and obscene words.
“That should not be tolerated in our game from no one. I would never say that to a fan and a fan should never say that to a player.”
James was seen during the match leading an official to the sideline and pointing out fans he wanted kicked off the field.
LeBron is not happy with some fans flirting in Indiana pic.twitter.com/1Ud3B69G1E
– Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 25, 2021
Some observers felt James was hypocritical in his interpretation.
While he cited obscene language as the reason for the fans being kicked off the field, they noted that the Lakers star himself appeared to have used vulgarity when speaking to the official.
WARNING: The following tweet contains language that some viewers may find disturbing.
BETA @KingJames couldn’t handle the overzealous NBA fans, so he kicked them out of the arena
Lebron said, When obscene gestures and language go in there, it cannot be tolerated
And yet people saw him screaming, this is F * CKING!
Rules for US, not for me
– Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) November 25, 2021
James has been no stranger to controversy in recent days. Wednesday was his first game back after a one-match suspension for fight Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart faces off during Sunday’s game.
A re-enactment of LeBron hitting Isaiah Stewart: pic.twitter.com/lyOYPtKyD5
– philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 22, 2021
It’s also not the first time James has gotten fans kicked out of a game.
In February, he had four fans warm up from the State Farm Arena, where the Lakers were playing the road game against the Atlanta Hawks. That comes after a obscene exchange between James and a woman he later mocked on Twitter as “Courtside Karen. ”
Courtside Karen has MAD MAD !! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
– LeBron James (@KingJames) February 2, 2021
Many on social media mocked James as “Karen” for his own actions on Wednesday.
LeSnitch? Lol… LeBron has gone full Karen and has a manager! https://t.co/QY4l7jvcdw
– Black Beth Dutton (@Oh_Katie_Babie) November 25, 2021
Lebron called the manager.. he’s Karen pic.twitter.com/dBfJbOXVDf
– El Gato Con Los Pies De Trapo (@GatoPiesDeTrapo) November 25, 2021
100% LeBron Karen can’t go high, he’s fragile. This is why he will never be as good or as RESPECTED as MJ. And he’s definitely not the king. A Joker, yes @KingJames
– Doc Holliday Say When (#VGXheroes) (#hodl) (@jiggywitit75) November 25, 2021
Despite the fan breakdown, James scored 39 points on Wednesday’s comeback as the Lakers beat the Pacers 126-116 in extra time to even their record 10-10.
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