The “Karen” outbreak has spread to the NBA, and the latest viral incident involves none other than Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James. During a game between the Lake Show and Atlanta Hawks, a fan now dubbed “Courtside Karen” was ejected after removing her mask to heckle LeBron.
LeBron Gets Into Altercation With ‘Courtside Karen’
While LeBron was busy burying the Hawks and leading the Lakers to another win, he was being heckled by Juliana Carlos and her husband Chris. The couple was eventually kicked out for removing their masks and violating the league’s COVID-19 rules.
The referees stopped the game after LeBron was heckled by a spectator in Atlanta.
LeBron Laughs It Off
LeBron said in a post-game interview that he missed interacting with fans in the stands and he didn’t actually think the hecklers had to be ejected. Later on he tweeted about it with the now-famous “Courtside Karen” moniker.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building. I miss that interaction. I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction. I don’t feel like it was warranted to be kicked out.”
Drake + 2 Chainz Stick Up For LeBron
Hip-hop heavyweights Drake and 2 Chainz were among those who backed up LeBron. 2 Chainz was at the game and wrote on Instagram “saw the whole thing” with some laughing emojis, while Drake (who wasn’t at the game) wrote on IG, “she off that season ticket holders Mojito.”
“@atlhawks courtside with BIG TONI” (2 Chainz)
James Family Responds To Larsa Pippen Drama
The James basketball family had some major drama recently. After a report came out that LeBron and Savannah James‘ son Bronny slid into the DMs of 46-year-old Larsa Pippen on social media, they came forward to clear up the air.
“With everything going on in the world right now, this is the sh*t y’all talking about. At the end of the day y’all are talking about a minor. I don’t care what type of ‘celebrity’ y’all think he is, he’s a child and the bullsh*t needs to stop. Y’all got the right one.” – Savannah James’ Instagram Story