The latest episode of The Shop has offered up its share of soundbites from LeBron James with his comments about Brittney Griner garnering the most attention. However, on Friday after the episode aired in its entirety, LeBron found himself trending for what he had to say about Boston Celtics fans.
The full exchange:
(Maverick) Carter: "In basketball, there are fans that can literally take the game from you. You can feel like the fans is not going to let us win this one tonight. What place?"
James: "I mean, Boston."
(Paul) Rivera: "Why do you hate Boston?"
James: "Because they racist as f***, that's why. They will say anything, and it's fine. I mean, f***, it's my wife, she's been dealing with them her whole life. I don't mind it. I hear it, if I hear someone close by, I check them real quick. I move onto the game, whatever the f***. They going to say whatever the f*** they want to say. They might throw something, I got a beer thrown on me leaving a game."
Carter: "It's the only place in the NBA where you and they have shirts and they say like 'F*** LeBron.'"
James: "Yeah, it's like a 'F*** LBJ' T-shirt. I believe they probably sold it at the f***ing team shop."
It is important to note the fine line LeBron is walking with his comments. He undoubtedly has a contentious history with Celtics' fans after his battles against them during his time with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. LeBron also has to uphold the blood rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers, but as a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox, he has to know he's talking about many of the same fans.