“He’s a Dirtbag”: Soon after a Furious LeBron James Stood by Coach Prime in Colorado Controversy, Lakers Star’s NBA “Nephew” also Extends Support

Published 09/17/2023, 10:53 PM EDT

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The kingsize outburst was perhaps natural given how LeBron James had become a couch potato for the ongoing US sports action to chagrin of his spouse. He unleashed his ire soon after the Colorado clash ending up on a controversial note. A referee’s unfair call drew his disgruntlement making his star ‘nephew’ join the fray.

The hype for the college game between the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams skyrocketed way before the kickoff. Especially, the head coaches of both team began their verbal volleys much ahead of game. Moreover, Buff’s coach Deion Sanders and team organized a hype party ahead of the game to attract the audience. Notably, Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Lil Wayne were present at the event. While the fans expected an instate clash, it ended up making the King furious.

LeBron James flays the controversial call


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Stepping into the field, the Buffs had an upper hand over the State Rams as they won two games already. However, the Rams weren’t ready to give away the game easily, as they carried a more physical and aggressive game play. More into the aggressive game, CSU’s Henry Blackburn left Buffs’ Travis Hunter on the ground in a wild collision. In return, the refs called only an unnecessary roughness penalty. Even though the Buffs won the game, the particular call left the fans in disbelief. On top of it, a recent report revealed that Hunter would two weeks of game time.

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Following the ref’s call, LeBron James took to his X, formerly known as Twitter, and released his steam off. He wrote, “Like I don’t understand the difference between targeting and what I just witnessed.” He further referred to the ref’s call as, That was blatant and uncalled for IMO!.” Moments after James’ tweet, his NBA nephew, Tari Eason also took to X and wrote, “He’s a dirtbag for that late hit.”


Notably, Houston Rockets‘ rising star Eason became James’ NBA nephew for peculiar reason.

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Moreover, Rockets star’s mother gave out a wholesome reaction when James referred Eason as his nephew.

Why does James call Eason his nephew?

During the 2023 Summer League, Tari Eason represented the Rockets and put up a great show for the fans. He averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game. He played college basketball for the LSU Tigers before selected as the #17 draft pick in 2022 NBA Draft by Rockets. With a combination of speed, agility, and a towering 6’8″ height, he possesses all the attributes of a future star.


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During his 2023 Summer League match, Eason soared through the air to unleash a powerful dunk that reverberated throughout the arena. The video of this extraordinary play quickly caught the attention of basketball enthusiasts. “@tarieason tears down the rim at #NBA2KSummerLeague,the caption read.

The video caught the Lakers superstar’s eyes. Bron took to the comments and wrote, “yeaaaahhhhhh nephew!! Punch Heeemmm.” In response to it, Eason’s mom, Teroya took to X and wrote“Omg omg is this real?!!? HOLY FU**ING WHATTTT?!?!?! We made it baby!!!! Your hero knows your name! I’m dyingggggg.”


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Tari Eason’s awe-inspiring dunk might just be the spark pushing him toward greatness, but his outburst over the unfair decision equally makes him an eloquent athlete just like his King Uncle.


Written by:

Shahul Hameed


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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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Sameen Nawathe