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LeBron James ripped for calling Boston Celtics fans ‘racists’

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been criticized frequently by conservative Americans for being outspoken on social issues
LeBron James ripped for calling Boston Celtics fans 'racists'
LeBron James (Image source: Instagram – @kingjames)

LeBron James is on the hot seat for the second time in a week after he called the Boston fans racist.

During the latest episode of HBO’s “The Shop,” King James was queried as to why he “hates” Beantown. James retorted bluntly, “Because they’re racist as f—, that’s why.”

LeBron James ripped for calling Boston Celtics fans 'racists'

James, 37, also took some flack last week when the Los Angeles Lakers superstar wondered aloud during “The Shop” if Russian prisoner Brittney Griner would want to return to the United States. James accused the U.S. government of not doing enough to ensure the WNBA star’s return home. Griner was jailed in February 2020 when a Russian police canine detected traces of hashish oil in a vape cartridge she had packed in her luggage. Griner faces up to 10 years in prison.

Regarding James’ sentiments towards Celtics fans, he believes the crowd is unruly and untamed in spewing invectives at him and other NBA stars. More than 80 percent of the league is African American.

“They will say anything. And it’s fine,” James said. “I mean, f—, it’s my life. I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. I don’t mind … like, if I hear somebody close by, I’ll check ’em real quick [and] I’ll move on to the game. They gonna say whatever the f— they wanna say. They might throw something on you.”

James recalled the time when a Celtics fan poured a drink on him as he made his way to the locker room. The moment took place after James and the Miami Heat defeated Boston in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.

“I mean, I got a beer thrown on me leaving a game,” he said before cracking some jokes about Celtics merch.“There was like a, ‘F— LBJ T-shirt.’ I believe they sold it at the f—– team shop.”

Not surprisingly, some fans charged after LeBron for his utterances, with a few even calling LeBron “racist.”

Check out the full episode below:

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