LeBron James has to dust his shoulders off to Boston fans.
The 37-year-old Laker sat down on the latest episode of HBO’s “The Shop” and revealed that Boston fans aren’t very kind with their words.
When asked, “Why do you hate Boston?” James sparred no sympathy for Celtics fans. “Cause they racist as f–k. They will say anything. And it’s fine. It’s my life, f–k I’ve been dealing with it my whole life,” he said.“ I don’t mind it. I hear it. If I hear somebody close by, I check them real quick, then move on to the game. They’re going to say whatever the f–k they want to say.”
He detailed how some of the unruly crowd have treated him throughout his NBA career. During the Easter Conference Finals in 2012, James was a star for the Miami Heat. Following their Game 6 win over the Celtics at Boston’s TD Garden, a fan poured their beer on the star athlete.
James jokingly added, “There was like an f–k LBJ t-shirt. I believe they sold it at the f–ing team shop.” In an ironic twist, James became a partial owner of the Bost Red Sox back in 2021.
Back in April, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown shed light on some of the fan’s assertive behavior, racism in the NBA, and his personal experience.
“I know that every Celtics fan in our arena is not a racist. We have people of all walks of life, ethnicities, and colors, that are die-hard Celtics fans. So I think painting every Celtics fan as a racist would be unfair. However, Boston, we’ve got a lot of work to do, no question,” Brown said.
Joined by Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya, businessman Maverick Carter, marketing executive Paul Rivera, soccer player Marcus Rashford and artist Rashid Johnson, James and his counterparts also discussed Britney Griner’s legal case in Russia, Black art, and more.
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