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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James responds to ‘Courtside Karen’

What happened between LeBron James and some Atlanta Hawks fans? Here’s the story (without swears)

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ is slated to premiere this summer

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.

Eric Gay, Associated Press

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James had an altercation with four courtside fans on Monday night, and he recently shared his reaction to what happened.

What happened

On Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers faced off with the Atlanta Hawks. The game was back-and-forth without either team taking a huge lead. (The Lakers ended up winning 107-99).

During the game, an altercation occurred between James and Juliana Carlos, who later posted on social media, and her husband, Chris Carlos, according to ESPN. (Note: The ESPN link includes references to mature language).

  • The two started to shout at James. It’s unclear what the remarks between the two sides were.
  • Television cameras showed the two Carlos’ removing their masks to shout at James.
  • The fans were ejected.

LeBron James responds

James said after the game that he disagreed with the ejection, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building. I don’t feel like it was warranted to be kicked out. There was a back-and-forth between two grown men. We said our piece, he said his piece, I said my piece, and then someone else jumped into it and said their piece. I didn’t think they should’ve been kicked out, but they might’ve had a couple of drinks, maybe, and they could’ve probably kept it going and the game wouldn’t have been about the game anymore, so the referees did what they had to do.

James also referred to the woman as “courtside Karen” in a Twitter post on Monday.