LeBron James has been branded a ‘snitch’ for getting a pair of fans kicked out of courtside seats after the duo were allegedly abusing the superstar on Wednesday night.
James dominated in his return from a one-game suspension for his role in the brawl against the Detroit Pistons, and the King recorded a season-high of 39 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 124-116 win over the Indiana Pacers.
However, James was in the headlines after the game as he ordered two fans to be ejected from their seats after reportedly hearing the two hurl abuse at him.
The 36-year-old, returning from the first suspension of his career for the clash with Isaiah Stewart, dominated to lead the Lakers to the win but the incident occurred in the final stages of the match at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
With 2:29 remaining in overtime with the Lakers up by three, James called over referee Rodney Mott and furiously pointed out the two fans in the front row.
Officials went over to the pair and, after a brief discussion, they were escorted away from their seats.
The male member of the duo held up his hands in an attempt to protest his innocence but stood up with the woman as they were ejected.
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As they were being escorted to the exit, the woman pouted and rubbed her eyes in a mock crying gesture aimed at James.
The four-time NBA champion refused to divulge what was said, but he insisted the fans’ actions were inappropriate and inexcusable.
“When obscene gestures and language come into it, (it) can’t be tolerated,” James said after the game.
“There’s a difference from cheering for your team and not wanting the other team to win and things I would never say to a fan and they shouldn’t say to me.”
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The incident, which went viral immediately, left some fans frustrated with James’ actions, labelling him ‘LeSnitch’ as the term began trending on Twitter.
However, other fans reminded people that the full details of the confrontation were not disclosed and that the fans may have crossed the line with their language.
The incident did not mar James’ performance as the Lakers improved to 10-10 with their victory.
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