LeBron James, by nature of being one of the very best athletes in the world, is no stranger to getting trash talk hurled at him by opposing fans. On a recent episode of The Shop, James was asked to pick the fanbase that takes things to a different level, and perhaps unsurprisingly, he singled out fans of the Boston Celtics.
In the latest episode of Uninterrupted’s The Shop, the Los Angeles Lakers star named Boston as his least favorite place to play. When asked why “hates” Beantown, James flatly responded: “Because they’re racist as fuck, that’s why.”
“They will say anything. And it’s fine,” he said, referring to Celtics fans. “I mean, fuck, it’s my life. I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. I don’t mind […] Like, if I hear somebody close by, I’ll check ’em real quick [and] I’ll move on to the game. They gonna say whatever the fuck they wanna say. They might throw something on you.”
James recalled the time when a Celtics fan poured a drink on him as he made his way to the locker room. The moment took place after James and the Miami Heat defeated Boston in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
“I mean, I got a beer thrown on me leaving a game,” he said before cracking some jokes about Celtics merch.“There was like a, ‘Fuck LBJ T-shirt.’ I believe they sold it at the fucking team shop.”
“They racist as fuck”
-LeBron on Boston Celtics fans pic.twitter.com/ai8aRlY6Or
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When a Boston Celtics fan poured beer on LeBron after he put up 45 PTS & 15 REB in GM 6 of the 2012 ECF.
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Warriors guard Klay Thompson previously slammed Celtics fans for their behavior at TD Garden. During Game 3 of the NBA finals last month, fans were heard heckling Warrior’s Draymond Green
“Fuck you, Draymond,” they chanted.
Fuck You, Draymond chant in Boston pic.twitter.com/0mV14VciZP
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Thompson addressed they issue in a post-game interview.
“We’ve played in front of rude people before, dropping f-bombs with children in the crowd?” he said. “Real classy. Good job, Boston.”
"Dropping F-bombs with children in the crowd. Real classy Boston." – Klay Thompson pic.twitter.com/RLFrSmKHAZ
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You can check out the full episode below.