LeBron James had to play against much more than the Cleveland Cavaliers players last Monday, as the King was involved in more than one controversy when he didn't even ask for it. Besides one Cavaliers' front office member taunting him, James was reportedly attacked by someone else who tried to bring him down.
During the game, one person had to be ejected from the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavs allowed a couple of fans to attend the game and everybody but one had proper behavior at the arena. Adam Ferrise of Cleveland.com reported that one fan was holding two shirts attacking LeBron, which led police to remove him from the arena.
“Security tossed a Cuyahoga Falls man out of Monday’s Cavaliers-Lakers game for holding up T-shirts with offensive slogans that targeted former Cavalier LeBron James, according to police reports,” Ferrise wrote.
“The 49-year-old man was not arrested and no charges have been filed in the incident.”
That was a very good night for LeBron on the court, as he went off with 21 points in the 4th quarter of the game to give his team the win. However, everybody tried to distract him and get under his skin, some using very low tactics.
“The man held up t-shirts that read: ‘LeBron is a racist,’ ‘LeBron is a narcissist,’ ‘Gloria Goes West. Starring LBJ as king narcissist’— an apparent reference to his mother Gloria James— and another one that contained a sexual innuendo,” wrote Ferrise.
“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.
“The man ‘became extremely aggressive,’ shouted at the officers and security guards and refused to show the shirt, according to police report.
“The security guards told him he was kicked out. He continued shouting profanities, then lunged at the head security guard, grabbed her hands and hit her in the side, according to police.
“The officers escorted him out of the arena. The man refused to leave and five times tried to run back into the stadium by trying to burrow his way through the guards and officers, according to police.”
James had the last laugh after the Lakers beat the inspired Cavs, with James outscoring them 21-19 in the last quarter. He took things personally against one Cavs' staff member and that was it for Cleveland. There was nothing they could do to prevent the King from having a great night in his first visit to Cleveland in over two years.