A Detroit Pistons heckler verbally attacked the mother of LeBron James during Friday's Heat-Pistons game. James responded to the "fan" during the game, all during an exchange that was caught on television microphones. It was a pretty ridiculous move by this guy who claims to be a Pistons fan, and bringing someone's family into the on-court heckling is way outside of acceptable behavior at an NBA game. Security at the game agreed, as they threatened to eject the fan from the game if he didn't stop.
According to ESPN , when the website asked the "fan" his name he declined to give it, most likely because he is one of those cowards who can utter put-downs but doesn't actually stand behind his statements. It's not surprising at all that he refused to give his name, especially after James responded he realized that what he had done was wrong. Hopefully, this is the end of his rude comments and he can show some maturity next time he attends a Pistons game. He is once again shining a negative light on fans of the franchise, much like the fans that decided to throw things on the court and start the Ron Artest brawl.
It all happened with just 1.7 seconds left in the first quarter, when the heckler decided it would be cool to yell comments about James' mother during the game. This all took place within ear shot of his two young sons who were sitting courtside near the Miami Heat bench as well. James responded to the comments from the fan by saying, "Say whatever you want to say to me, just don't, don't be disrespectful alright? I don't give a [expletive] what you say. If you are disrespectful, it's a problem." He has a point, and James has had to put up with quite a bit from envious fans of teams that are getting absolutely crushed by James and the Miami Heat this year.
Did we mention the Heat beat the Pistons 106-92 on Friday, sending Detroit to a 20-34 record during the 2010-11 season. The Heat improved to 39-14, keeping pace with the Boston Celtics for control of the best record in the Eastern Conference. This game and the heckling incident took place on Feb. 11, but it also won't be the last time that Miami goes to Auburn Hills, Mich., to play this year. Miami will play there on March 23, meaning this "fan" will have a second chance to prove he can actually watch a game without attacking the players that are crushing his team.
James will probably receive flak for responding to this fan and giving him the attention equivalent to that of a 2-year-old throwing a tantrum on the floor. It could possibly lead to an even more unfavorable fan reaction when the Heat returns in March, but hopefully there aren't more Pistons fans like the guy on Friday. There is a difference between good-natured heckling and making personal attacks though, and this particular Detroit Pistons "fan" really needs to learn the difference.
Pistons-Heat Feb. 11 Broadcast on Fox Sports
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- Ron Artest brawl