The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a tough 106-98 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night, and they apparently weren't too happy with one fan at the Barclays Center.
Mr. Whammy, the 79-year-old Nets superfan known for standing behind the basket and creating a ruckus while opponents shoot free throws, was asked to return to his seat on Friday, according to Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News.
Bruce Reznick, the superfan, claimed Nets CEO Brett Yormark asked him to move back, saying:
He said, ‘Do me a favor, please move back so that NBA security doesn’t throw you out.' LeBron is a crybaby. I know it was him that asked the security to make me move. He doesn’t like that I make him miss. He thinks he’s more powerful than anyone in the NBA.
Per Abramson, an NBA security official confirmed that the Cavaliers requested Mr. Whammy return to his seat. When asked if he was the one to make the request, however, LeBron declined to comment:
Asked after the game if he instructed security to remove Mr. Whammy, James — who had 24 points and nine assists — stared blankly at a reporter as he iced both feet in a small container before a Cavs official fired off, "Next question."
Fans try to distract free-throw shooters all the time, but the fact that Mr. Whammy was asked to return to his seat must mean whatever he's doing is working.