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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 Woman Ejected from Lakers Game After Heckling Him ‘Courtside Karen’

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Fans sitting courtside at Monday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks were ejected from the State Farm Arena after getting into a verbal altercation with LeBron James.

According to ESPN, Hawks fan Juliana Carlos and her husband, Chris Carlos, traded barbs with James, 36, in the fourth quarter of the game, which the Lakers won over the home team, 107-99.

In a video shared on Twitter by SportsCenter, Juliana can be seen without a mask — a violation of the NBA’s rules for fans attending games in person — shouting from her courtside seat at James, who could be seen seemingly speaking in response. A security staffer then approached Juliana as she sat back in her seat.

ESPN confirmed that Juliana, Chris and two other spectators were then removed from the game.

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Woman who LeBron James called ‘Courtside Karen’ apologizes for heckling, taking off mask during Lakers game

ATLANTA (WJW) — Four people were reportedly removed from an Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Lakers basketball game Monday following a heckling incident with LeBron James in the fourth quarter (as seen in the SportsCenter tweet below).

Juliana Carlos, an Atlanta Instagram influencer, took down her mask (which is against NBA policy) to yell at James during the game, after her husband and James got into a back and forth. Carlos, her husband, Chris Carlos, and two others were then kicked out, ESPN reported.

James, just a kid from Akron, spoke out after the game, saying he didn’t agree with the group being removed:

“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building,” he said. “I miss that interaction. I need that interaction; we as players need that interaction.”

But later that evening he

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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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