LeBron James describes Boston hatred: ‘Racist as f–k’
LeBron James doesn’t mince his feelings for Boston fans.
On the latest episode of “The Shop,” James was asked bluntly, “Why do you hate Boston? »
« Because they’re racist as f–k, » James replied. “They will say anything. And it’s good. It’s my life, fuck I’ve been on it all my life. It does not bother me. I hear it. If I hear someone nearby, I check it real quick, then I’m on to the game. They’ll say whatever they want to say.
James then recalled an incident in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. After Miami’s Game 6 win at TD Garden, a Celtics fan poured a drink over James as he returned to the locker room.
« It was like an af-k LBJ t-shirt, » James continued with a laugh. « I believe they sold it at the f-ing team store. »
James’ rhetoric is the latest in a string of athlete comments criticizing Boston sports fans. In June, Draymond Green’s wife, Hazel Renee, took to Instagram to speak out against the « shameful » « f–k you Draymond » chants sung by Celtics fans throughout the NBA Finals.
Klay Thompson also expressed his displeasure with Celtics fans after Game 3:
« We’ve played in front of rude fans before » Thompson said after the game. “Dropping F-bombs with kids in the crowd. Really classy. Good job Boston.
Ahead of the Nets’ first-round series against Boston in May, Kyrie Irving admitted to hearing racist remarks directed at him during his tenure with the Celtics.
« I think painting every Celtics fan as a racist would be unfair, » Boston guard Jaylen Brown said, responding to Irving’s comments. “However, we have a lot of work to do, there is no doubt about that. There is a lack of resources there, a lack of opportunities.