Report: Pacers Fans Not Expected to Be Banned for Life for Comments to LeBron James

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) looks on against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The Kings won 141-137 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

The Indiana Pacers fans who made inappropriate comments to LeBron James during the Los Angeles Lakers' trip to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday will reportedly have the opportunity to go to future games.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the two fans are not expected to receive lifetime bans or face any additional consequences.

"The fans were ejected for violating the NBA Fan Code of Conduct," NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said.

James pointed the fans out to officials during the game, and they were eventually ejected.

"When obscene gestures and language come into it, can't be tolerated," the King told reporters after the game.

James was dominant on the court with 39 points, six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and one steal behind 13-of-29 shooting from the field and 5-of-12 shooting from three-point range. The victory improved the Lakers to 10-10, and they have since dropped to 10-11 thanks to a triple-overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Back-to-back overtime games means additional minutes for the 36-year-old James as the Purple and Gold look to overcome last season's first-round exit with a deeper playoff run.

He made sure the Pacers game didn't reach three overtimes by draining two shots from beyond the arc and hitting a mid-range jumper as he took over in the extra period and sent the rest of the fans who weren't ejected home unhappy.

That was the Lakers' only trip to Indiana this season, so fans won't have to worry about seeing James again unless there is an unlikely NBA Finals matchup.