A seemingly unruly fan was kicked out of a recent Los Angeles Lakers game after holding up a message deemed offensive to LeBron James and his mother.
According to Adam Ferrise of Cleveland.com, “security tossed a Cuyahoga Falls man out of Monday’s [Cleveland] Cavaliers-Lakers game for holding up T-shirts with offensive slogans” about James.
What were the slogans in question? Chief among them was “Gloria Goes West,” a reference to past rumors that James’ mother, Gloria, had some sort of relationship with his former teammate Delonte West. The rumors have never been substantiated in any capacity, but have lived on nevertheless.
Beyond the Gloria reference, the fan in question also held up slogans that included: ‘LeBron is a racist’ and ‘LeBron is a narcissist.’
Apparently, when confronted about his merchandise by arena security, he did not go quietly.
She’s just saying what the rest of us are thinking. https://t.co/xpvbOl02tG
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 28, 2021
“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,” Ferrise wrote.
“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.”
Karl-Anthony Towns’ reaction to Jordyn Woods’ Buss It video speaks for itself.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 26, 2021
After investigating the matter, police opted not to arrest or charge the man in question.
This was not James’ first run-in with an insane fan this year. Earlier, he received an ominous threat from a deranged psycho – fortunately he handled that entire situation as well as anyone could expect him to.
Aside from one minor blip regarding his dirty play, James is having a stellar 2021 campaign, and it’s unlikely that some random fan’s angry t-shirts will change that.