“That SH*T Made Me Mad”: After Son Bronny Underwent “Disrespectful” Treatment in 2020, Gutted LeBron James Vented His Frustration

Published 09/10/2023, 7:00 PM EDT

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LeBron James is known for his fiery temper on the court, but even he was taken aback by the “disrespectful” treatment his son, Bronny, received at a basketball tournament in 2020. He was understandably upset by this incident. His reaction was filled with frustration and disappointment. The incident also scores the scrutiny and reactions from fans that are faced by athletes and their families in the public eye.

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The Incident that Sparked Outrage

The incident in question took place during the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, in January 2020. Bronny James, playing for Sierra Canyon High School, was waiting to inbound the ball from the sideline when he was struck by debris thrown by a fan. The game was briefly stopped as a result. LeBron James, who was present at the game, expressed his disappointment over the incident in an interview later. 

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He stated, “But he’s a great kid and most importantly, he just loves being around his teammates, being a great kid, you know, being a model citizen in the community and playing the game that he loves to play and being a Big Brother to his brother and sister. But that s*** made me mad when I saw that it was just disrespectful…”

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Father James wants to play with Bronny in the NBA 

LeBron’s reaction to the incident was not just as an NBA superstar but as a father concerned for his son. He even took to Instagram and wrote: “Know I got your back and front throughout it all! I’d die for you and your siblings. Never waver no matter what disrespect, hate, envy, jealousy, etc comes your way! Only push forward and continue to be the great kid/young man/person you are! Love you kid!! ❤️ #JamesGang👑”

 

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Despite the incident, Bronny has continued to excel in basketball. He is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Bronny has said that he wants to play in the NBA with his father. LeBron has said that he plans to play until Bronny is in the NBA. This means that there is a chance that father and son could play together in the NBA in the 2024-25 season.

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What’s your take on Bronny? Is the world ready to see him climb the NBA ladder? And can the father-son duo really play together on the same team some day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Chetan Kumar

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Chetan is an NBA content writer at Essentially Sports. Being an active basketball player since his school days, he has always been a dedicated follower of the NBA. His passion for the game has drove him to pursue a career in sports journalism.
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Saumya Khanduja

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