ATLANTA, GA – With the Atlanta Hawks being one of the rare teams allowing fans into their arena amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s going to allow for some back-and-forth between players and attendees. When you come for the King, you best not miss and four fans realized that when they were ejected from Monday night’s (February 1) Lakers-Hawks matchup after a war of words with LeBron James in the fourth quarter.
Two of the hecklers have been identified as Chris and his wife Juliana Carlos, who James hilariously dubbed as “Courtside Karen” in a post-game tweet. In a pre-pandemic world, this wouldn’t have been a major deal, but with the NBA doing everything they can to protect players from COVID-19, it’s odd to see fans removing their masks and berating players, even though they reportedly went through testing protocols to be able to sit courtside.
— nba info (@nbainfonba) February 2, 2021
Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 2, 2021
“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building,” the Lakers star said following the game. “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.”
"At the end of the day, I'm happy fans are back in the building. … I miss that interaction. … We as players need that interaction."
LeBron on his interaction with spectators in Atlanta on Monday: pic.twitter.com/spWDITZqkl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2021
Carlos, who claimed to be 25 years old, recounted the incident and said her husband has a history of issues with James. She alleges James told her to “sit the fuck down bitch” and she then threatened to “fuck him up.”
“I go, ‘Don’t fucking talk to my husband,’” she began in a rant posted to her Instagram Story. “And he looks at me, and he goes, ‘Sit the fuck down, bitch.’ And I go, ‘Don’t fucking call me a bitch. You sit the fuck down. Get the fuck out of here. Don’t fucking talk to my husband like that.’”
LeBron, any truth to Courtside Karen's claims?pic.twitter.com/Z8dcbequnl
— WG (@GuoBlue) February 2, 2021
— Deshaun Watson/AMC CEO (@LordTreeSap) February 2, 2021
The night was an all-around win for James and the 16-6 Los Angeles Lakers, who defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 107-99 as the 36-year-old MVP candidate poured in 21 points, including nine in the last minute of the game to secure the victory.