During the Los Angeles Lakers against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, which they won 126-116, LeBron James became unhinged and kicked two fans from the opposing team out for being “obscene.” Afterwards, James explained to reporters why he had the two Pacers fans removed from the game.
“When obscene gestures and language come into it, (it) can’t be tolerated,” James told reporters, according to The New York Post. “There’s a difference from cheering for your team and not wanting the other team to win and things I would never say to a fan and they shouldn’t say to me.”
LeBron ain’t happy with some court side fans pic.twitter.com/ZmnvSe6wzD
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With 2:29 left in overtime, James pulled the referee over as he pointed at the two fans and yelled, “This one right f—king here!”
The woman in the duo, made a sarcastic pouty face and shed some fake tears as they walked out. While James never revealed specifically what the couple was doing that set him up, a fan who claimed to be sitting near then took to Twitter to give his version of what happened.
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This was James’ first game back from his one-game suspension over him elbowing Pistons player Isaiah Stewart in a game on Sunday night. This forced James to sit out the Lakers game against the Knicks on Tuesday, which they lost. James was not pleased with this suspension, as he claimed that his situation with Stewart was “definitely accidental.”
“Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call,” James told ESPN, referring to the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager.. “As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, ‘I know I’m suspended.’ I mean, it’s some bulls—. But whatever.”
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James went on to give his side of the story of his altercation with Stewart.
“There was a boxout on the free throw line. His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you look, if you watch the film — it got me off balanced a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm,” James said.
“And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. And I knew right away,” he added. “So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So, I went over to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely accidental.”
“I hate to see that, what escalated after that,” James continued. “I didn’t think it warranted [a suspension]. I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously. But a suspension, I didn’t think it was warranted. But the league made that call, and we’re here today.”
Clearly, this has not been a great week for LeBron James.
Fans shouted at James’ whiny move, which you can view in the video above.