LeBron James Claims Ejected Pacers Fans Used Obscene Gestures and Language

Published 11/25/2021, 7:43 AM EST
Oct 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) argues with referee Justin Van Duyne (64) in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 115-105. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


This season LeBron James has been sidelined for longer than most Lakers fans would have liked. During the Los Angeles Lakers 124-116 overtime win over Indiana Pacers, James came back with 39 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ win and James’ return were not without drama.

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During the last few minutes of the game, James got two fans ejected from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The four-time NBA champion pointed the fans out to officials, having them ejected for something they said.

Why did LeBron James get fans ejected from the Lakers-Pacers game?

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After the game, James refused to delve into what the fans actually said. As per the Akron-native, supporting your team and crossing the line are two different things. “When obscene gestures and language come into it, (it) can’t be tolerated,” James said.

Further reports added that after the game, James made it clear that it was something he would never say to a fan, and is something one should never say to a player either. In a video shared, James walks to the sidelines and points at the young fans so they can be ejected. One even fakes a cry as they were asked to leave.

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What did the fans say to James exactly?

In a YouTube comment, one fan revealed that he was there at the game, and heard what the young Pacers fans had to say. The user in the comments added that the girl made cruel comments about Bronny James and his other children, while the guy kept making weird chirping noises.

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People were certainly enraged if the YouTube comment was true, thinking that even a ban was not enough. Others added that they spit as well, most users labeling it as harassment.

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When is the Lakers’ next game?

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In many ways, this was a proper win for the Lakers in a long time. Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Wayne Ellington, and Malik Monk all scored in double digits. While Anthony Davis is still out, the Lakers’ season might finally be looking up.

The Lakers next game is scheduled against the Sacramento Kings on November 26.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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