Report: Juliana Carlos, Courtside Fans Won't Be Banned for LeBron James Incident

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is restrained by an official as he reacts to a fan in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The Atlanta Hawks won't ban the four fans ejecting for heckling LeBron James during Monday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The incident came in the fourth quarter, requiring officials to stop play to deal with the situation:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Refs stop the game after a Hawks fan heckles LeBron https://t.co/NsoFjyel97

Instagram modelJuliana Carlos was among those involved and apologized Tuesday:

Dan Woike @DanWoikeSports

I guess we could all unfollow her IG now if we wanted. https://t.co/6oucTHXjo3

The Hawks conducted an investigation and determined no bans were necessary.

James had some fun with the incident after the game on social media:

LeBron James @KingJames

Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!! 不不不不不不不

He still didn't think anyone should have been ejected for the altercation.

"I don't feel like they was warranted to be kicked out," hetold reportersafter the game. "There was a back and forth between two grown men. We said our piece, he said his piece, I said my piece. And then someone else jumped into it and said their piece, but I didn't think they should have been kicked out."

The Hawks are one of 10 teams allowing fans in their arena, permitting about 1,700 fans in games to reach 10 percent capacity atState Farm Arena, according toChris Kirschner and Jovan Buhaof The Athletic.