A man was expelled from the Quicken Loans Arena for wearing clothing insulting to LeBron James and his family last week.
Adam Ferrise of Cleveland.com reported that stadium officials had escorted a man holding shirts with excessively offensive messages. These messages were clearly written in order to goad Cavs legend and Lakers star LeBron James.
Cleveland citizens have been used to James’s excellence, so it comes as a surprises that people in LeBron’s own hometown would behave in such a manner. This behaviour was clearly uncalled for. Although a Cavs front office member did mock James during the game, that was a different incident in a different setting.
Why this man insulting LeBron James was removed from Quicken Loans Arena
The crux of the report written by Ferise on the issue reads as follows:
“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.”
“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 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.”
— FadeawayWorld (@FadeawayWorld) January 29, 2021
There is no doubt that had this man been a little more circumspect, he could have gotten away with it. Holding up t-shirts is not a violent gesture. Even if the message on the clothes wasn’t all that appropriate, it’s still legal to have them. Fans are allowed to heckle opposition players as long as they don’t incite violence.