Los Angeles Lakers striker LeBron James was in another strange incident Thursday night after collaborating with officials during a game at the Indiana Pacers to ask to have two fans removed from the field. Another person claims to have sat nearby and heard what the couple was saying, and this person described the situation on YouTube.
After talking to the referees during a game stoppage during overtime, NBA referees called for safety and a couple of spectators were thrown out.
When asked about the situation at the post-match press conference, LeBron James declined to provide details on what happened to trigger the removal. Nothing was thrown on the field, so many wondered if a comment to James, who seemed frustrated, triggered the expulsion.
In a report today from the Instagram account NBA Buzz, a fan shared what he thought was being said. Fans sitting on the farm reportedly made distasteful comments about LeBron’s son, Bronny James, according to Jonathan Davenport, who claimed to be near the situation and to have heard what was being said on YouTube.
“I was there … it was more than the two, but they were the loudest. The girl said ‘I hope Bronny dies in a car wreck’
Davenport said the pair were warned several times by Indiana Pacers staff to “cool it,” but the warnings did not stop fans from continuing to ravage James. The fans were eventually removed and one made a mocking “crying” face as she left the pitch.
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The report on what was allegedly said will attract disappointment from fans as it is not surprising to see why LeBron James asked to have the spectators removed. There’s always a fine line when it comes to fans giving their opinion on games. The NBA provides ample notice that offensive behavior may be grounds for expulsion.
The Lakers collected from a 12-point deficit to win 124-116. James, who had missed 10 games with injuries this season (and another with an exclusion), finished with the season’s highest 39 points, five rebounds and six assists.
James was ousted from a 121-116 victory in Detroit after bleeding Pistons center Isaiah Stewart’s face while the two battled for the position on a rebound Sunday. The NBA suspended James in one game, in the first suspension of his 19-season career, and Stewart two games for the incident. James missed Tuesday’s nationwide 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks.
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Bronny James, 17, is James’ oldest child. He is a junior and one of the nation’s best basketball players at Sierra Canyon High in California.