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LeBron James Slammed As ‘LeSnitch’ And ‘LeKaren’ For Getting Fans Ejected; Responds To Controversy
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 21: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of the game at Little Caesars Arena on November 21, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James faced backlash online immediately after an incident unfolded during a game last night where James went and physically grabbed a referee and got two fans ejected from the game.

When asked during a post-game press conference what the fans did that made him “uncomfortable,” James responded, “I mean nothing is uncomfortable for me, but there’s a difference between cheering on your home faithful, booing opponents and things of that nature or not wanting your opponents to be successful, and there’s then moments where it goes outside the line with obscene gestures and words that shouldn’t be tolerated in our game from nobody.”

“I would never say it to a fan and a fan should never say it to a player,” James added.

James did not make any claims about what the two fans said or did, and there were only unsubstantiated rumors online speculating about what happened.

James, who complained about the use of “obscene” words from fans, can be seen on video grabbing a referee, walking up the individuals in question, and pointing at them while yelling: “It’s right f***ing here!”

There was a lot of negative reaction online to the incident, with many calling James “LeSnitch” or “LeKaren” for getting the fans ejected.

Some said that the incident was what ultimately makes NBA legend Michael Jordan better than James because they said that Jordan would not have the fans ejected.

“Saw LeBron had fans removed from a game last night. I’m sure the fans were being a**holes. But that’s a difference between Jordan and LeBron,” sports writer Josh Yohe wrote on Twitter. “Jordan would have wanted them to stay in the front row, would have drained 10 straight shots, and stared them down after each one.”

“And this is why Michael Jordan will always be superior,” Fox News reporter Joseph A. Wulfsohn tweeted.

Other top responses included:

The incident happened after James had just returned from serving a one-game suspension for striking a player in the face earlier this week.

James was ejected from his team’s 121-116 win against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night following a play that resulted in another player having their eye cut open.

James was ejected after “striking Detroit big man Isaiah Stewart in the face while jostling for rebounding position,” ESPN reported. “The hit led to a stoppage in action while Stewart, with blood streaming down his face, had to be held back multiple times by Detroit personnel as he tried to confront James.”

“The incident occurred with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers trailing 79-67,” the report added. “Stewart was initially whistled for a loose ball foul on the play. Following an official review, James was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected, Stewart was assessed two technical fouls and ejected.”

“It was a tough play with Isaiah,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “His eye got cracked all the way open, and he was upset for a reason.”

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