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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: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:45 am
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:18 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

LBJ should've kicked his azz



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:58 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Coolmantwo, the heckler was a Wizards fan, not a Cavs fan. No logic in your comment.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:52 am
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Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:40 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

1) I think the fan is a classless "class" minus the cl. I should have clarified that.
2) My only issue is the assertion that we should give a pass to LeBron for acting out or else we are holding him to a higher standard. That is not true. 
3)  If a customer insulted your mother while you were at work, and you said what LeBron said, would you still have a job? I can 100% guarantee that I would not.
4) I think there is a difference if 1 fan says something 1000 times, maybe you get upset with that fan. But, when thousands of fans are saying something, I think it becomes white noise...unless there is something to it. Let's face it, LeBron hears choke artist every day too (more than he hears the mom comments)...and he does not react to that.




Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:42 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

I side with Lebron James with this one.



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:33 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Just leave somebody's mother out of it. That's easy enough to do.




Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:26 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

I am no Bron fan, but he has every right to defend his mother if some tough guy on the sidelines wants to make fun of her. If that means pucnhing him in the jaw so be it. Get em LeBron. That fan should be tossed out of the stadium too.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:20 am
 

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

Are the rumors about Delonte West true???  If they are I have to laugh that he got my sloppy seconds.  Let's just say I hope he didn't kiss her...




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:57 pm
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