Fan ejected after altercation with LeBron James

Brenda Watkins
February 3, 2021

At least three fans were ejected from the State Farm Arena following an altercation with LeBron James during the Los Angeles Lakers' 107-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. In addition to Twitter having fun with the incident, calling the woman who was heckling James "courtside Karen", ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith also had a strong message about the altercation.

The game was in the last leg with a little over eight minutes to go when the woman, identified as Juliana Carlos, and her husband, Chris Carlos, got into a heated exchange with James on the court.

There weren't many fans in the stands, but enough for LeBron James to get in some jawing along the sideline.

The four-time champion took to Twitter afterwards to joke about the "courtside Karen" that caused the game to be halted midway through the fourth quarter.

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Juliana, who was kicked out of the game after she stood up and removed her mask to yell at the athlete, shared a statement on Instagram Tuesday saying she took responsibility for her actions. "And I go, 'Don't (expletive) talk to my husband.' And he looks at me and he goes, 'Sit the (expletive) down, (expletive)'". You sit the f- down. "I miss that interaction", LeBron told reporters. And, I go, 'Don't fucking talk to my husband, ' she added. "After all, I'm happy that the fans are back on the pitch", said LeBron before the cameras. "There was a back-and-forth between two grown men ..." They might have had some alcoholic beverages on the side, so that could have - it made him feel tougher than what they really are, I would say. "I don't feel like it was warranted to be kicked out". "He said his piece, I said my piece and then when someone else jumped into it and said their peace but I didn't think they should've been kicked out".

Atlanta is one of the few National Basketball Association franchises allowed to host fans this season and James said he enjoyed playing in front of fans again despite the abuse.

"But they might have had a couple drinks, maybe, and they could've probably kept it going and the game wouldn't have been about the game no more, so I think the referees did what they had to do", James said.

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