LeBron James offered a blunt explanation for his distaste of fans of the Boston Celtics. In a new episode of “The Shop,” the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is asked, “Why do you hate Boston?”
“Because they racist as f–k, that’s why,” the Lakers star said, smiling. “They will say anything. And it’s fine. I mean, f–k, it’s my life. I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. I don’t mind it. Like, I hear it. Like, if I hear somebody close by, I’ll check them real quick. I’ll move on to the game. They’re going to say whatever the f–k they want to say. They might throw something on you. I mean, I got a beer thrown on me leaving the game. Like, it’s Boston.”
The four-time NBA Champion also spoke on disrespectful shirts that he claimed were being sold by the team.
“There was like a ‘f–k LBJ’ T-shirt,” James said. “I believe they probably sold it at the f–kin’ team shop. … They sold it at the team shop. I’m like, ‘the Celtics had something to do with that s–t.’”
However, a spokesperson for the Celtics told the Boston Globe in a statement that the team does not sell apparel at its team store that disparages James, or any other player.
It should be noted that back in 2017, LeBron said he couldn’t “recall ever hearing” something racist directed towards him at TD Garden.
The behavior of Celtics fans this past season has been called out by a number of players and their families, as well as coaches.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and star guard Klay Thompson complained about “f–k you Draymond [Green]” chants as well as Green’s wife, Hazel Renee ripping the team for “chanting obscenities” about her husband in front of their kids.
Nets star Kyrie Irving spoke about hearing racist remarks from Celtics fans prior to Brooklyn’s first-round playoff series against Boston last year.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.