Cleveland fan kicked out after harassing LeBron James, holding up offensive shirts

Ryan Young
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At least one fan didn’t appreciate LeBron James’ return to Cleveland this week.

An Akron, Ohio-area man was thrown out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-108 win over the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday night after he brought several T-shirts that took offensive shots at James, according to Cleveland.com.

The 49-year-old, who was not identified, was not arrested and is not facing any charges from the incident.

Man thrown out after harassing LeBron James

The man, according to Cleveland.com, was reported to arena security by several team employees, Cavaliers general manager Kobe Altman and several Cleveland players on Monday night after they said he was screaming obscenities.

The man reportedly held up several shirts that read, “LeBron is a racist,” “LeBron is a narcissist,” “Gloria Goes West: Starring LBJ as king narcissist” and a fourth shirt with a sexual innuendo, per the report. The third slogan references James’ mom, Gloria.

The man, who was sitting behind one of the baskets in the lower level, allegedly became “extremely aggressive” and started shouting at security while refusing to show them his shirts.They started escorting him out of the arena, though he reportedly kept shouting profanities and even lunged at a security guard, grabbed her hands and hit her.

He refused to leave, and even tried five different times to run back into the stadium and “burrow his way” through guards and officers.

Finally, after threatening to arrest him for trespassing, the man walked away.

James clearly either didn’t notice or wasn’t bothered by it. James dropped a season-high 46 points in the win, 21 of which came in the fourth quarter. He shot 19-of-26 from the field, and an impressive 7-of-11 from behind the arc.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James
An Ohio man was thrown out of the Lakers' win in Cleveland on Monday night after harassing LeBron James. (AP/Tony Dejak)

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