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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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