Officials held back Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James during a game this week against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The incident happened on Tuesday night as the 38-year-old was headed toward the locker rooms during halftime at the Crypto.com Arena.
“Hey Bron! Hey Bron!” the man shouted at James. “You better get this s*** together! With that receding-ass hairline!”
“Look, he mad! Look at him!” the man shouted while laughing. “You sick!”
James stopped, faced the man, and appeared ready to engage before security held him back and prevented the situation from escalating further.
The Clippers went on to beat the Lakers 133-115.
LeBron James had to be held back because he was taunted over his hairline.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 26, 2023
James got a couple of fans tossed from his team’s overtime win against the Indiana Pacers back in November 2021 after serving a one-game suspension for punching a player in the face.
CBS News reported at the time that it was not clear why James was mad because no obvious incident occurred.
“It’s not entirely clear what got LeBron upset,” CBS Sports reported. “There was no obvious incident like throwing an object or coming on the court, so you’d have to guess that one of the fans said something.”
James grabbed the officials and led them to the people he claimed were acting up. Video of the incident captured moments before appeared to show one of the two people waving their arms in James’ direction. About 10-15 seconds later, James is seen grabbing an official by the arm, bringing the official to where the fans were seated, and pointing at the individuals in question while yelling: “It’s right f***ing here!”
The two people were quickly escorted out of the game.
LeBron unhappy with some fans courtside in Indiana pic.twitter.com/1Ud3B69G1E
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 25, 2021
During post-game remarks, James was asked what the fans did that made him “uncomfortable” during the game.
“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,” James responded. “I would never say it to a fan and a fan should never say it to a player.”