In what will forever go down as one of, if not the best playoff performance of all time, LeBron James’ classic 45 point, 15 rebound, 5 assist night in an elimination game 6 in Boston was soured just a little bit for me following the actions of one disgraceful fan.
As James triumphantly walked off the court, to a deathly quiet Boston Garden, a fan threw a beer through a protective cover leading to the Heat’s locker room, showering LeBron in the liquid.
Professional athletes, particularly basketballers, will tell you that silencing a raucous away crowd is more fun than sending their home crowd into raptures, and LeBron James put that arena into a volume that was quieter than Marlee Matlin.
Boston Celtics fans are commonly known as loyal, passionate and knowledgable fans, and are considered one of the best fandom cities in America.
Yet when James left the court, the fans who supposedly know and recognise history when they see it, offered boos, jeers and worst of all, beer.
Yes this is probably a petty argument and nothing really worth bringing up, but I just expected more from a fan base that I personally respect, regardless of my hatred towards them and their teams.
The boos and jeers I can live with, although I’d have to think that most other arenas in the country would have respected the once in a lifetime performance he offered and at least given him a few half hearted claps, but for someone to have the animosity to throw a beer at him is just a down right disgrace.
Whoever you are, and I hope you are reading this, however unlikely that may be, you do not deserve to be in the same state as LeBron James, let alone within throwing distance. You are no fan, and I daresay the Boston Celtics organisation wants absolutely nothing to do with you given your scumminess.
Colin Cowherd also called the guy out yesterday, saying he would donate $1000 of his own money to the charity of choice of the person who could tell him the name of the fan. He wanted to publicly call him out and largely do what I am doing now.
You disgraced a national icon. You disgraced the greatest performance of his career and the greatest performance you will see in your lifetime.
I hope you lay awake at night and if not, I hope your insignificance haunts your dreams.
Real fans respect what they saw. They give it the credit they deserve.
When Doc Rivers took his stars out at the end of game 7 on Saturday night, the Miami crowd rose and gave them the applause they deserved. Say what you will about Heat fans, but they are as classy as any fans in any sport in the country, and they gave the Celtics exactly what they had coming to them. Respect.
This even after the classless Celtics fans booed and threw things at the greatest performance they will see in their lives.
Call me petty, I don’t care.
That isn’t right.
Enjoy your fishing trip Boston.