Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

No ban for fans involved in LeBron heckling incident

No ban for fans involved in LeBron heckling incident

The Hawks are investigating an incident during which four fans allegedly yelled obscenities at LeBron James while sitting courtside in Atlanta during Monday night's game against the Lakers, CEO Steve Koonin told The Athletic.

They're calling her "Courtside Karen".

She goes on to say she was "minding her own business" and drinking her wine when James said something to Chris, prompting her to lash out at the National Basketball Association star before she was escorted out of the arena. Afterwards, Juliana Carlos stepped in, defending her husband before being escorted out of the arena.

Juliana Carlos, one of the spectators asked to leave the arena, took to social media to vent her frustration about the outcome of her verbal exchange with James.

"The Lakers took care of business the last game of a grueling 7 game road trip led by Anthony Davis's 25 points and LeBron James's 21", Magic Johnson tweeted.


The "courtside Karen" incident was a topic of debate on ESPN's First Take the day after the game, and Stephen A. Smith revealed whether he felt the fans should have been ejected or not. The game's broadcast showed Juliana - with her mask down - getting out of her seat and yelling at James.

"Anyway, I'm minding my own business, drinking, having fun". And I stood up and I go, 'Don't f***ing talk to my husband. You sit the f- down. "I missed that interaction, I need that interaction, we as players need that interaction".

"At the end of the day, I'm happy fans are back in the building", James said, according to CBS Sports. And, I go, 'Don't fucking talk to my husband, ' she added.

"There was a back-and-forth between two grown men; he said his piece, I said my piece". "What should have been a quick back-and-forth between two adults got out of hand and my natural instinct to stand up for the an I love kicked in". We said our piece, he said his piece, I said my piece. They might have had some alcoholic beverages on the side, so that could have - it made him feel tougher than what they really are, I would say. "I think the referees did what they had to do". "You obviously can't have fans taking their masks down and shouting at our players with the virus out there during these times".

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