Fans Ejected From Lakers, Hawks Game After Verbal Argument With LeBron James
The Lakers beat the Hawks in the ATL on February 1st, 107-99. LeBron James was his usual self, doing LeBron James-type things on the court. James had 21 points, nine assists, and seven boards. The win gave the Lakers 16 wins so far this season.
But before the game ended with over eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter, this happened:
Apparently a Hawks fan “got into a (verbal argument) with LeBron James and was ejected from the game by security” according to CBS Sports.
James said after the game “the argument was between him and the woman’s husband (apparently shown on the broadcast), and he did not think they should be ejected from the game” per CBS Sports.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building,” James said during his postgame press conference as transcribed by CBS Sports. “I missed that interaction, I need that interaction, we as players need that interaction. 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.”
The potential MVP of the season reemphasized his thoughts on how the fans shouldn’t have been kicked out.
“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 said as transcribed by CBS Sports.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported more details on the interaction, stating “four fans were ejected”:
This was the third home game the Hawks have allowed fans to be in the stands, starting out with “open(ing) at 10-percent capacity (approximately 1700 tickets) before gradually increasing throughout the season pending adequate conditions” according to the Atlanta Hawks.
The game saw 1,341 fans in attendance (per ESPN). With those four ejections, make that 1,337 if fans would’ve chosen to stay throughout the whole game.
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