LeBron James’s Thanksgiving week got worse on Wednesday when he ordered two young fans be kicked out the arena for abusive language – three days after receiving his first ever suspension.
James, 36, was two minutes from the end of his game for the LA Lakers against the Indiana Pacers, at the stadium in Indiana.
He then gestured to the referee, and marched him over to where two young fans were sitting courtside.
He pointed to them, yelling: ‘This one, right f****** here!’
LeBron James on Wednesday night, during a game against the Indiana Pacers, ordered that two young fans leave their courtside seats
The 36-year-old pointed out the pair, saying: ‘This one, right f****** here!’
A court official approached and told the two that they needed to leave the arena
James gestured angrily, insisting that the pair be kicked out
The man seemed amused by the debacle, and the woman he was with mocked James with a crying face
The Pacers fans laughed off being evicted from the arena, although it was unclear what they said
An official asked the two to leave, and the shocked-looking pair then stood up and left their seats – with the girl then making a mocking crying face, rubbing her eyes like a baby.
It was unclear what they had said or done to anger James.
The sporting superstar said after the game that obscene gestures and words would not be tolerated, TMZ reported.
‘I would never say it to a fan and a fan should never say it to a player,’ he said.
The Lakers won the game 124 to 116.
It was James’s first game back after his one-match suspension, earned for intentionally elbowing an opponent in the face.
James missed Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks after he was suspended for leaving Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart with a bloody nose.
Fans and pundits did not hesitate to call for James’s suspension, which would be his first since his senior year of high school in 2003, when he improperly accepted two replica jerseys valued at $845 in violation of Ohio state amateur rules.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (right) was ejected from Sunday’s game in Detroit after delivering a brutal blow to the face of Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (left), who was left with a gruesome cut over his right eye
James was instantly ejected after his left elbow and fist struck Stewart during Pistons forward Jerami Grant’s free throw attempt in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit
James’s fist appeared to hit Stewart’s face as the Lakers forward spun around while the two battled for rebounding position
Blood was streaming down Isaiah Stewart’s face after he took a hard blow from LeBron James on Sunday
Footage from Sunday’s game shows James slamming Stewart in the face with his left arm and fist as they grappled for position during a free throw.
Stewart drops to the court clutching his face, and James appears to acknowledge the collision, turning toward Stewart with his hand extended in an apparent gesture of apology.
A furious Stewart then charged at James, as teammates rushed to pull the two players apart.
Stewart, bleeding profusely around his right eye, grappled with teammates as he tried again and again to charge at James.
Coaches and referees tried in vain to hold Stewart back as he broke free repeatedly.
LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers is ejected from the game during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday
Head coach Dwane Casey of the Detroit Pistons and Cade Cunningham struggle to hold back Isaiah Stewart after he was struck by LeBron James
Coaches and referees tried in vain to hold Stewart back as he broke free again and again and tried to charge at James and exact his revenge
James walks off the court after being ejected from the game for the hit on Stewart
Finally, Stewart nodded his head and appeared to agree to head to the locker room, turning to walk toward the tunnel.
But it was a ruse, and Stewart again whirled and charged at James, sprinting up the court as coaches, players and refs hurled themselves at him, clinging to his arms.
Stewart was finally manhandled off the court, and sprinted up the tunnel to the locker room.
Both James and Stewart were ejected from the game by referees.