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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

Deadspin.com notes an NBCWashington.com 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.
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Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:20 pm
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Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Lets find out what some of these hecklers do 4 a living and go 2 their place of work and bother them.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

No one has the right to just say anything to you.RESPECT is what its all about.unless lebron took food off of your plate,
it should'nt b that serious.
why r u people hating him anyway??
Its basketball people,a small piece of pie in life.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Sounds to me like Bob Moore is the b!tch here.  He would NEVER say those same words outside the arena...on the street...etc.

I am all for heckling pro players...but you gotta have an ounce of sense and leave it to the player...no family...just the player.



Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:49 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

I'm not a James fan by any strench of the imagination, but speaking ill of his mother is crossing the line. Even if its true. I would agree with the author here and give him a pass.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:42 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

To paraphrase William Shakespeare, Lebron doth protest too much, methinks.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:05 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

@ MaddRich.... Maybe if you fanatics stop panting over these athletes as Gods, then the media wouldn't dig for dirt, which by the way is only a rumor (no pictures or confessions). And what does LeBron's ring status have to do with anything? That statement alone might be dumber than Flymans. Your first sentence is wrong! When did LeBron throw dirt into the spotlight? Also, his mom isn't playing professional sports, and should remain out of the spotlight. Say what you want about a person, right or wrong, but leave family out of it. With statement like you just made, maybe your mom should have done the same as Flyman's mom should have done...



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Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:00 am
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Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:57 am
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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:50 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

the fan was obviously in the wrong here. I hate lebron too, but I wouldnt try to start a fight w/ the dude


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