Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  80 responses

Bad Idea: Wearing a LeBron Heat Jersey in Cleveland

Had security not stepped in, this dude’s night could’ve turned out a lot worse than it did. From the AP: “A fan wearing a Miami Heat jersey of LeBron James drew the ire of the crowd at a Cleveland Indians game and was escorted out of the ballpark. Fans in the left-field bleachers chanted obscenities and pointed at the man Wednesday night during the sixth inning of the Indians’ 8-0 loss to the New York Yankees. Hundreds of fans joined in before security led the man out of Progressive Field. As he left, some fans followed him toward the gate with more derisive chants.”

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  • Sonicproof

    Chill out! Sports aren’t real life. This is why Cleveland shouldn’t ever win anything. As you can see they lost that night against New York. First.

  • Tupack Shakur

    The guy’s clearly trolling for it. And if he wasn’t he should’ve known better. This is just like LeBron wearing a Yankess hat. Obviously it’s gonna cause a reaction.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Ok…..I’ll be fair. Dude wasn’t too bright walking into a den of stupidlions and possibly not expecting to run into this type of situation. The wound is still “fresh”, so to speak. All that being said, it just speaks to the ignorance of the modern sports fan in general, not just Cleveland fans (who now are on par with Philly and Detroit fans in monstrous ignorance)who now think they can be part of a live event, are bigger than the actual players that PLAY the game and just overall make complete as*holes out of themselves the larger percentage of the time. If this guy was truly a LEBRON fan and not just a Cavs fan, why should he feel like he should be drawn and quartered at an Indian game if he was just supporting a guy he enjoys to watch….IN A COMPLETE DIFFERENT SPORT! It would take big bal*s (and lesser intelligence) to do this at a CAVS game, but this type of behavior is ignorant at it’s core. It also speaks to why alcohol sales should be curbed even more or be completely banned in an environment that includes up to 50,000 fans at a football game, 20,000 at a basketball or baseball game and the lack of security that most facilities supply to combat this type of idiocy.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares!!!

  • drosefan13

    This is taking it too far. Let it go Cleveland. It’s just basketball. He’s just a basketball player.

  • Ali

    Nothing new here! Fans will be fans, this type of behavior has been going on since sports started. You have bandwagon fans, die-hard fans, extreme fans, and just down right crazy fans. There are several city that we all know you should be leary about your surroundings, baseball and football stadiums are known for serious fan brawls in and outside the stadiums. Step into Arrowhead with a Raiders jersey on and see what kinda welcome you get! He should have known better.

  • underdog

    The first Heat game of the upcoming season in Clevland is going to be awesome.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    For the spectacle, maybe. The Heat are going to crush THEM, in particular. I hope Bron carries a bag of sh*t in his shorts and smashes it Gilbert’s face after his first dunk.

  • Ali

    No doubt underdog! The Heat team bus and hotel will need “TOP FLIGHT SECURITY of the world”….

  • flash

    i cant wait for lebrons’ bike-a-thon in akron.

  • oinestep

    If only these beer belly fans were this passionate about something that really matters.

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  • Fat Lever

    Thanks Eboy for throwing in the requisite shot at Philly fans. I love it. While I agree that both parties are wrong, please don’t talk about fan bases that you have no idea of. All you see about Philly fans are the idiotic ones that are portrayed on ESPN, not scenes where we gave a guy like Matt Stairs, a mediocre, well-traveled professional baseball player, a standing ovation, when he came into our ballpark as an opponent this year, for what he did for the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. So I guess it’s cool for me to say all Miami fans are front running, nonchalant d-bags, cause that’s what’s portrayed, right?

  • Ill Will

    Eboy hit that one right on the head. While dude was obviously looking to create a stir, it should never get to that level based on a professional sports transaction. Seems like Cleveland fans feel they have some sort of right to act like idiots because the majority of the country felt a bit of compassion for them. That right was waved before they “received” it…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Fat, I know that Philly fans have cheered incredibly hard for an injured player during Eagle games. Probably 10-12 different times in the 30+ years I’ve watched them play the Giants (never mind when Brett Favre went down there, Deion Sanders, Dante Caulpepper and a few others I can’t rememeber)….so take your crack-smoking a*s back to Philly and hang your hat on the one time “they” showed some class. Cheering an injured player is the most classless thing a sports fan can do. You guys have it in spades.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Example: I hate Kobe. Wish his team would drop off the face of the earth. I would never wish injury on the dude ’cause it’s a tasteless look. It’s wish he would miss every shoot, get T’d up, whatever, but to cheer if dude went down with a bad knee or a torn up shoulder is fu*king tacky. Defend your people if you’d like to.

  • tron

    Both sides are complete and utter idiots

  • Sparty’s Law

    Stay classy, Cleveland.

  • Ali

    @ Fat Lever, I gotta jump in on this one…Any stadium (see Veterans Statium) that builds a active courtroom and jail for unruly fans is something special. Ya’ll might have some great moments that only Philly fans know about, but I can name more than a handful of over the top fan actions that some people would put Philly as #1 in the worse fans book. Just my two cents…

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    i know everyone’s said what I’m about to say, but i’m just going to reiterate. this is just terrible. obviously the guy was deliberately making trouble, but come on, it’s just basketball. cleveland fans act like lebron walks around cleveland punching grandmas.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Lotta of tough guys be blogging. I hope someone comes to DC when the heat play the wizards, he might not make it back!!!

  • Fat Lever

    Nice response Eboy, way to generalize. Again, you know nothing except what is portrayed. If you read and understood my post, you’d realize that while I admit we have idiotic fans, we also have some of the most passionate fan bases in the world, both in a good sense and bad. Every fan base/city has idiotic fans. How about death threats made by a fan to a quarterback if they didn’t perform well? Would you say that’s classless and idiotic? Guess what, that wasn’t an Eagles fan, but a Steelers fan that did that. So take your c*ke-sniffing a*s back to Miami and learn how to fully read and comprehend a post before attacking the person who posted it. Aren’t making completely ignorant generalizations fun?

  • Fat Lever

    Ali, I hear you and understand where you’re coming from, but my point wasn’t absolving the obvious idiot fans we have in Philly, it was to say every fan base has idiotic fans, even extremely idiotic ones. But, to me, it seems like certain media likes to focus in on one region/city. While, there’s some merit to that, based on past actions, what about cities that have just as idiotic fans that don’t get shown?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Again, you pull out one example from another fan bases history and try to counteract what was written about. Or am I not reading your two examples you cited correctly?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    And that is the way it should be; boo the f*cker, he wore the jersey to get an reaction (or else out of plain stupidity) so give him one, let your frustrations out… Sports wouldn’t be the same without fanatism. Is it stupid and simple? Most definitely yes. But sports just wouldn’t be the same without it. As long as violence and racist/facist slurs are avoided, I am all for the fans hurling obscenities etc. It is pure emotions, sports would slowly die without them. And it is for the same reason that football (soccer) will always be the world’s biggest sport (I would love it to be BBall but at the biggest stage, the NBA, the fans are still very weak). All the die-hard NBA fans (Eboy, Hursty, BETCATS even the Kobe herd and all the others) on this site, I deeply salute the way you defend your team(s) in this comment section – that’s the way a true fan should behave. So fellas please put down the chicken-wings, stand up, cheer, scream, clap your hands, and display that same attitude in the stands of the NBA arenas you frequent. I am so very envious that you guys have the opportunity to cheer for your NBA team at a regular basis. So snap out of it and display some real fan-spirit (with or without the obscenities). PS: For those who do, no pun intended, for the rest come on fellas you can do better.

  • Groves

    GROW SOME BALLS CLEVELAND. considering im not american, i can safely say, cleveland – THE WORLD hates you

  • Ali

    @ Fat Lever…Point taken. For all the NEW Lebron “The Decision” fans and 305 Heat Fans keep those Lebron Jerseys in So. Beach. Anywhere else in the country that person who is wearing the jersey is gonna catch some kinda flack, especially at a sporting event.

  • Fat Lever

    Eboy, I agree with you on the cheering for an injured player, but please don’t believe everything you see negative about Philly. Everyone loves to bring up the Santa Claus story. Guess what, the reason he was pelted was because he was blithering drunk. Again, being drunk doesn’t mean it’s ok to get pelted with snowballs, but it’s funny how the media fails to mention that little piece of the story. You gotta understand, some of the stuff our fan base does makes me ashamed to be a fan, but there are also times that aren’t shown or reported that make me proud to rep Philly. And I’m tired of people, who gather their info about Philly from what ESPN shows, constantly rail on us(although some of it, I’ll agree, is warranted; i.e. Eboy’s mentioning).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Here’s another question…was it cool that Philly fans booed Kobe from the moment he stepped on the floor to the second he received his All-Star trophy MVP award? What city did that occur in? Are the Lakers rivals to the Sixers or were their feelings still hurt from losing to them 8 months earlier in the Finals? Passionate or dumb? Everyone else can debate it since I don’t know sh*t and I’ve delved into defending Kobe, which is a sign of the apocalypse.

  • Ali

    @ Eboy…I think hometowns and die-hard sports fans feel a bit slighted when one of there own (Kobe spent his H.S. years in Philly) doesn’t get drafted by the hometown or somewhat turns their back on the hometown or when they go back home and kill the hometown team on the court/field. Fan sometimes take those situations personal.

  • ai come back

    YO GUYS ITS BASKETBALL, as jay would put it wherres the love he did? u aint even arguin bout basketball no more u puttin in shots about kobe when this was about a baseball game. @drosefan13 THE F5CK??its JUST basketball? gtfoh…..
    @Ali lol still gotta love ai……

  • JTaylor21

    @Royal, eat a fat di*k and go back to that weaka** dime mag. Complain about tough guys blogging but you’re the one making threats. Fuc*ing E-Thug. Also Cleveland should just volunteer to become the next nuclear test site. The whole city and people who live there are a detriment to humanity.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    woah… this got out of hand kind of quickly. How about: Kobe and Wade both get double T’s and have to sit the rest of this one out. Bosh gets injured (yet a respectful standing ovation the next time the Heat pass through toronto and LeBron saves 14 kids from a burning hospital in Cleveland using all his money to dampen out the flames….?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Y’all are hypocrites. As if you aint gonna do the same or worse.. Just seing some of the comments makes me think your gonna do far worse if you were put in that situation.. Did they harm the guy? No? Now shut up! I swear the reaction or the hurt wouldnt be in this level if lebron didnt strike it first.. If he didnt take all of the hype to the level it is now, or at least showed respect in leaving.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Lz +1

  • Fat Lever

    Eboy, yes the Lakers are rivals to the Sixers, going back to the apex of their rivalry in the ’80s. Philly fans never forget, and our two main rivals in the 80s were Boston and LA. That was part of the reason. Another part(while dumb to me) was what he said when the ’01 Finals shifted to Philly and he said something to the effect of wanting to rip the heart out of 6er fans.

  • MikeC.

    @Dacre – I don’t think 14 would be enough. Maybe 15. Maybe.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    You stay classy, Cleveland

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    You im not from cleveland, and i pitty your country because you are dissing a city that is part of your own.. Your own countrymen.. im looking at you Jtaylor21.. Your comment doesnt give any ounce of sense stop posting d**khead..

  • truthteller

    What happened to Kobe in Philly is going to happen again in Cleveland for lebron this season and many years to come (hopefully his whole career) And thanks for finally admitting that you were just being a punk all this while making stupid arguments against the lakers just like everybody else just because you hated Kobe and tried to back it up on “solid” facts. Now we know you’re really a punk rooting for the Heat! I guess all you really wanted was a team to root for that didn’t suck ass, huh? Well, you’re gonna hate the lakers even more after they 3-peat!

  • The D Train

    So this happens to some random dude at an Indians game, and it’s still a good idea for Lebron to be rolling through Akron, a scant 40 miles away, on a bike? I’m sorry, but there is too much crazy fandom out there, and the wound is still open. Probably not a good idea to pour salt in it, even if the fans reacting in such a manner are crazy. I mentioned in the Lebron To Bike Through Akron post that he might want to wear a hazmat suit to avoid bottles of urine. I was semi-joking. Now, I’m not so sure. Total lunacy, this whole fu(king situation. It’s not the meltdown of modern American society, but it sure as hell doesn’t paint a pretty picture of what we are becoming.

  • Ali

    @ J…We don’t need your pitty in the USA bro…We are a heated and compassionate country. We get riled up over our sports like no other country. We holler out during the first game of the season, we curse out each other and the TV all at the same time, thats what we do here. Some of us are maybe a bit more animated than others and use words harshly but nothing that would warrant your pitty on the USA.

  • Sparker

    i think it’s kind of funny that dude wore the jersey. i bet he did too. it’s must have been something to then realize: oh shit, i might get beat over something that was essentially a joke. and i screwed up my evening and wasted my hard-earned dollars too (i wonder if he had a date with him). anyway, real sports rivalries engender serious hostility. wearing a boston jersey to a canadiens game is asking for trouble, that’s for sure. but one f*cking player? don’t cleveland fans get it? they’re helping lebron’s master plan come true. according to this story, he’s bigger than any team. bigger than any (soon-to-be one-sided) rivalry. bigger than the game already.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    truthteller, I tried to understand your comment, but it is typically…dumb, so it’s hard to make heads or tails of it. I truly hate Kobe. No fanboynish here. I’ve made 1000′s of arguments as to why I’ve hated him, and I’m sure in time, I’ll be expecting idiots like you to argue with me once the Heat have secured a couple of titles as to why you hate the Heat, and not just Lebron. But you know, you’re a undercover hater, so there’s that.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    he’s basically a real life troll, i mean damn he knew what was gonna happen he just did it for the publicity.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, that planned bike ride through Akron is looking like more and more of a bad idea.

  • Sparker

    maybe lebron should go all out, and invite carlos boozer

  • not eboy

    Eboy, come down from your ignorant soapbox.
    Philadelphia has the most sports savy and passionate fans in the country. With four major teams and countless games you will have a few bad apples among the millions of fans(unlike cleveland) and afew bad episodes among the countless games.

  • The D Train

    On a somewhat related note: Did anyone else see the article about how the city of Cleveland was taking Lebron clothing donations, then giving them to the shelters in Miami? I don’t believe it was Slam, but if it was, I apologize. Regardless, I love the idea of a bunch of homeless people and vagrants running around in Lebron’s Cavs jersey. Totally reminds me of the bums rocking Jerry’s puffy shirt. Some of the Cleveland people are going too far, but I thought that was a pretty creative way to vent.

  • not eboy

    I’d like to know who the dumb blonde was, that was with the classless clown which is what that moron was, that started a slap fight with the guy in the crowd….h

  • not eboy

    I’d like to know who the dumb blonde was, that was with the classless clown which is what that moron was, that started a slap fight with the guy in the crowd….h

  • Jackie Moon

    I want to party with Lebron in Vegas!

  • mark321

    Here’s the video if anyone wants to see it.


  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    I’m wondering why a grown man is wearing another grown mans jersey?

  • 3027

    I was five rows behind that guy last night and as a Yankee fan from Ohio, I felt for him. Nobody has reported this but he was actually minding his own business and taking the jeers well until an idiot fan hit his beer, purposely spilling it on his jersey. That is what started all of the problems because up until that point there were only boos directed toward the LBJ fan. I actually think he handled it pretty well considering. His girlfriend was the one that got physical with another (male) fan before they were escorted out.

  • NBA Kid

    I really hate lebron, but I really hope he drops like 60 on the cavs in his first game back in cleveland. the 13th amendment passed cleveland fans! there’s no more slavery!

  • truthteller

    I’m not an undercover hater! But that was hilarious though. Nice try. Not everyone is like you. I can pick a team and stick with them through thick and thin and not hate on every other team because I hate a certain player. How stupid is that? And all your so called reasons as to why yu hate Kobe is just like every other idiot out there! it makes no sense and it just covers up or tries to cover up the fact that you hate him! Look, If the heat win 5 rings great! More power to them. You see, Eboy, unlike you I’m a basketball fan and I want to see great basketball. If the Heat play great basketball and they win, great for the league and great for the fans. Did you understand that or should I dumb it down some more for your dumbass?

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Who the f$ck Is j Taylor talking to, matter of fact who are you? Unless you really bout that – chill! Wasn’t even talking 2 you wait, I don’t even know you! STFU!

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    The reason why people think that they, individually, are as much a part of the spectacle as the players who actually play the sport: Everybody thinks they are special, everybody thinks they deserve, everybody is a star.

  • BostonBaller

    The fans in The US of A are just fine…a bit idiotic at times but overall just fine. With that said, I take a small exception with any pity that might be felt for us but I do pity athletes in other countries who get “real” death threats and things thrown at them on a regular basis.

  • http://IjustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    I hope they suck this year so they can draft harrison barnes just to see him leave once he hits the free agent market. N i hope he does it thru a 2 hr special…

  • total scrotal implosion

    U want insane fanatism? Go to colombia. U screw up with an own goal, u die.

  • http://slamonline.com DC Native

    Eboy, man-o-man, ignorance is truly prevelant on these posts. I guess if you feel that way about Philly fans, its safe to say that Miami has the worse people in the country, since more cocaine comes out there than any other place in the country, and we all know what cocaine has done to both urban and rural America. Hmmmm, is that a fair generalization, Eboy? Fat Lever, some people can be described as educated dummies, i.e. Eboy, they know everything about nothing.

  • Robb

    Bron fans/former fans. As stupid as him.

  • http://HUFSF.COM Waylonakolipse

    Cleveland is for haters. That’s why Bron left because Ohio sucks, Cincinati excluded.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dc Native, as your name applies, you must livd a life of crime.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Soccer hooligans of the world laugh at this. Oh no, someone spilled his beer, go home to your mommy and cry about it.

  • NBA kid

    if you guys wanna hate on bron (and espn) even more, check this story out

  • BigNate

    Ok the guy wearing the jersey, clearly deserved to be howled by the fans if he was dumb enough to wear that jersey in a city that pretty much rioted after lebron left, however that does not excuse the people that followed this man out the gate because that is just too far.

  • d

    cleveland will never ever win a nba championship…sorry cleveland you guys should be angry at the owner and not lebron..they messed it up, they never tried to bring in somebody to help LBJ to win a ring…if you wanna be mad at somebody then it should the owner of the cavs..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i watched the video again courtesy of mark321′s links and actually where’s the stupidity out there? that’s a normal fan reaction to rival/hated player/team… and if i’m right is there a guy wearing a dwight howard’s shirt? why didn’t he get booed? lol…

  • al

    Collective unconscious wounds. Archetypal madness..

    Heal up Akron/allofohio..

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I think Eboy has gone off the deep end. I would defend those Pistons fans for the ‘Malice at the Palace’ but I can’t. However, Detroit fans, by and large, are some of the greatest in the country. For all 4 major sports teams in the area.

  • scott lawson

    It turns out (of course) the guy is… wait for it… wait for it… annnnnd…. a Yankee Fan!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s kind of obvious the dude did this on purpose just to get some media exposure.

  • truthteller

    niQ, this is the kind of stuff Eboy would do!

  • Exile

    @3027. Thanks for the intel. The clips lead you to think he was asking for it.

  • Exile

    niQ. Read the post from 3027.

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    Cleveland is sad lol

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    damn, is it ever that serious? i’m sure not one of the people acting a fool is getting a check from the Cavs. Let it go already.