LeBron James Taunting and Tantrums: When Does the Hate Go Too Far?

February 12th, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Fans will often take any criticism of their favorite players as "hating" on them. When does "hating" actually become hating, though? As fans, where does it actually become personal? And where do you draw the line between just being a fan of your team and being an uncivil person?

Yesterday in the Miami Heat's game against the Detroit Pistons, a fan of the Pistons invoked the name of James' mother in his jeering. While his teammate James Jones was shooting free throws he approached the fan and told him, "I don't care what you say to me. I don't give a [expletive] what you say but don't be disrespectful."

Ironically the fan was offended by James using the expletive. What should be an obvious hypocrisy seems to be lost on the fan. It does underscore a certain factor that is often lost in the kind of mob mentality that can go on with fans at games. The players on the court actually are human beings. Their being stars does not relinquish their humanity. 

It should be noted that James' children were also at the game and within earshot of the fan, hearing everything the fan was saying about their grandmother. 

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