LeBron James heckler dubbed ‘Courtside Karen’ apologizes

The Atlanta Hawks fan LeBron James dubbed “Courtside Karen” after a high-profile heckling incident Monday has apologized for her outburst.

She’s also been cleared to return to Hawks games along with the rest of her party that got kicked out of Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Hawks conducted an investigation into the incident and will not ban the four fans who were ejected on Monday from future games.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is shown against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
LeBron James’ Hawks heckler issued an apology on Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday’s Lakers win and prompted officials to halt play and call security when fans with sideline seats got heated with James. Juliana Carlos was particularly vocal and appeared to give James a middle-finger salute upon her ejection from State Farm Arena along with her husband and another couple.

She also dropped her mask

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LeBron James calls heckler ejected from Lakers game ‘Courtside Karen’

LeBron James is speaking out after being heckled by a woman sitting courtside that he called a “Courtside Karen,” who was later ejected from the Lakers and Hawks game along with three others in Atlanta on Monday.

In a viral video posted on Monday by ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” a woman — with her mask pulled down — can be seen in the State Farm Arena exchanging words with the Los Angeles Lakers star while aggressively pointing her finger at him.

Officials later ejected the woman and her husband off the court along with another man and woman, who reportedly flashed her middle finger towards the players as the group was escorted out of the arena, The Athletic reported.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. NBC News was unable to verify the identity of the woman.

In an interview with

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