A non-LeBron James fan was thrown out of a game in Cleveland earlier this week for expressing his opinion about the former Cavalier, a new report from Cleveland.com revealed.
James and his Los Angeles Lakers were visiting the Cavs when a 49-year-old man in the stands held up shirts that read “LeBron is a racist,” “LeBron is a narcissist,” as well as “Gloria goes West,” a reference to a rumor from a decade ago involving James’ mother and former teammate Delonte West. The fan was one of about 2,000 in the stands, as the Cavs allow only limited seating capacity.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and several team employees pointed the man out to security officers inside Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
“A Cleveland police officer and arena security guards confronted the man in Section 126, behind one of the baskets on the lower level of the arena, and asked to see the shirts to determine if they violated the fan’s code of conduct,” Cleveland.com reported. “The man ‘became extremely aggressive,’ shouted at the officers and security guards and refused to show the shirt, according to police report.”
After being escorted out, the man attempted to “burrow his way through the guards and officers” and run back into the arena five times, per the report. One of the officers admitted to shoving the man to the ground on his fourth attempt. He left after the fifth attempt without further incident. He was not arrested.
James has repeatedly referred to former President Donald Trump as a racist, but has always been allowed to stay in an arena. The Cavs probably wish he had been thrown out though, as he lit his former team up with 46 points and a 115-108 Lakers victory.