Former Deadspin contributor Sarah Kogod overheard what she called a "heated conversation" between LeBron James and a Wizards fan last night. She then spoke to the fan, got his take, and tweeted what he had to say, which included a threat from LeBron:
…LeBron was waiting alone in the backcourt when fan Bob Moore made a comment to LeBron about Delonte West and LeBron's mom…
…According to Moore, LeBron said "The only reason you talk shit is because you know I can't come off the court right now and beat your ass"...
…Also according to Moore, LeBron continued "But if I had a free pass, I'd kick your ass right now."...
…Moore replied "I'm right here baby. Let's go" before security stepped in.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: LeBron James should stand up for himself when a fan harasses him about Delonte West’s alleged ‘relationship’ with his mother.
James is right: the fan can only say such things because of the barrier, security, and fallout James would face from an altercation.
The fan is in the wrong. So is James, though.
The veteran should've responded by having security remove the fan because threats only bring negative attention. Ideally, Wizard fans and/or security would take the initiative to ‘ask’ the fan to settle down.
James must react rationally, while fans must realize purchasing a ticket doesn’t give you the right to say anything you like.
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