LeBron James Brands Opposing Fan with Racially Tinged Nickname


LeBron James was quick to label an opposing fan “Courtside Karen” following an altercation on the court that got her and three other fans kicked out of the game.

“Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!!” he tweeted Monday.

Karen” has become a meme used as a “pejorative for middle-aged white women” to show their entitlement, a senior editor at Know Your Meme told Business Insider in October.

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Four fans were ejected from the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers game on Monday night in the fourth quarter, ESPN reported.

Juliana and Chris Carlos got to a shouting match with James that escalated to the point that referees had to stop the game and get security involved.

Juliana Carlos said that James had “looked at my husband during the game and cussed him out” in a video after the game.

She could be heard yelling, “Shut the f— up. Don’t talk to my husband like that” from the sidelines.

The Atlanta Hawks confirmed that the fans had been ejected and that they had launched an investigation into the incident, according to Sports Illustrated.

James later told reporters that he did not think the fans should have been removed from the game.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building,” he said.

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“I miss that interaction. I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction. I don’t think that they were warranted to be kicked out.

He added, “There was a back and forth between two, grown men. He said his piece, I said my piece and then someone else jumped into it and said their piece.”

Lakers coach Frank Vogel expressed concern about Juliana Carlos removing her mask to yell at James.

“It certainly exposed something with regard to having fans in the pandemic,” he said.

“You obviously can’t have fans taking their masks down and shouting at our players with the virus out there during these times.”

The Lakers went on to win the game 107-99.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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