LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — At least two fans sitting courtside at State Farm Arena in Atlanta were removed Monday night following a verbal interaction with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 2, 2021
With a little more than eight minutes left in the game, James had a heated exchange with a pair of Atlanta Hawks fans identified by the Washington Post as Chris and Juliana Carlos.
According to the Post, three on-court referees huddled with arena security after Juliana Carlos pulled down her mask to shout at James. The pair were then escorted away from the court.
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“I missed that interaction,” he said. “I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction. I don’t think it was warranted to be kicked out.”
He later took to Twitter to say “Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!!”
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Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 2, 2021
The Lakers ultimately beat the Hawks 107-99, led by James and Anthony Davis who scored a combined 46 points.