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Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:11 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:10 pm
LeBron James reportedly got into it with a fan on Friday night. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

The unsubstantiated rumor that simply will not die has reportedly prompted a profanity-laced verbal exchange between Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James and a fan of the Washington Wizards.

James and the Heat defeated the Wizards, 106-89, at the Verizon Center on Friday night. As James put together 18 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds in the victory, a fan allegedly began making loud comments about a rumored 2010 relationship between James' mother and then-Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Delonte West notes an report with details of the exchange.
LeBron just got into a verbal altercation with a fan. Spoke to the fan. Wanted to give Heat PR time to comment on the LeBron fan altercation. I’ll update you if they end up doing so, but here’s the story.

I saw a Wizards fan and LeBron in a heated conversation on the sideline during the game Friday night. I spoke to the fan and got his side. 

Fan Bob Moore made a comment to LeBron about Delonte West and LeBron’s mom… [According] to Moore, LeBron said "The only reason you talk s*** is because you know I can’t come off the court right now and beat your a**." 

Also according to Moore, LeBron continued "But if I had a free pass, I’d kick your a** right now." Moore replied "I’m right here baby. Let’s go" before security stepped in.
James' behavior runs the entire spectrum from "role model" to "insufferable," but the strong temptation here is to give him a pass. This isn't the first time James has reportedly been in this type of situation and it won't be the last. He surely feels like the reasonable, "If you disrespect my mother in public, any response is fair game" argument is in play here. Sure, he's a global brand and a "King," but he's a person, too. Defending the virtue of one's mother is an inalienable human right.

Should James be held to a higher standard of conduct than that, given his level of fame and the scrutiny that follows him wherever he goes? Sure, in an ideal world he would ignore it, brush it off, or let security handle it. The heckler wins this one because he got James to engage with him, but at least James leaves the situation knowing that he stood up for his mother.

Even so, if you're the Heat, you respectfully request that James inform you first of future fan comments so that an exchange like this doesn't wind up caught on video and posted to YouTube, where it could do some serious damage to his image if viewed out of context.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:18 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

LeBron really needs to just shut up.
Ignore the media
Stop tweeting
Stop reading the paper and blogs
Stop listening to fans when you play


Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:17 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

What could be dumber than a player letting opponents fans know that taunting gets to him. I'm sure in the future fans will pause and think. "Oh wait, I was going to heckle LeBron but it might bother him. Never mind."

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:01 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

The fan and the player have a great love/hate relationship.  It's a few hecklers that take it to and unsavory level, but I love it as part of the game. You know our boys an earful on the road, nice to return the favor.

I'll use last nights Blues game as example.  We had a heckler that knew the Sharks pretty well.  He had something to say for a selct few of them and it was cracking not only us up, but some of the players started ribbing the players he was going after.

...and bottom line is the profession they are in gets some heat from fans.  That's the way sports works baby, and we love it.  (minus the idiots that have to drop f-bombs and talk about mothers)

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:33 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

At the professional level that Lebron James is at, professionalism is expected.  We teach the younger players to "not pay attention" to those angry parents and those sore losers on the other team.  There has been alot of writing as to what Lebron should or should not have done.  I say that if you are on a public stage like that, act the way you expect to be treated or at least act like you know how much you are getting paid.  Act like there are millions of kids who copy everything you do.  Or you can opt out like Sir Charles and just tell us that you are not a role model.  Either way, play basketball like you know how and quit letting the "peanut gallery" get under your skin.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:24 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:19 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

I wonder if Delonte transferred that "legion" on his face to Ms. James when they were hooking up.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:40 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

That was a B&tch comment by the fan. i'm a bulls fan and even i would not have felt bad at all if lebron would have knocked t
hat fans two front teeth out!! seriously have some respect!! Get facepushed punk!!!

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:06 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Who would?  His entourage is probably 10 deep.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:00 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Funny how all of these comments about his mom are done where? Here or in arenas.... None of you have the guts to go up to him and say insults about his mom.... How cowardly....

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:34 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Hillarious insaneinthebrain. Kudos for a funny comment.

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