Cavaliers star LeBron James is ejected from a game for the first time in his 15-YEAR career after yelling at a referee
- Lebron James was ejected from a game for the first time his career Tuesday night
- The Cavalier's star told off a referee because he thought he'd been fouled
- The 32-year-old was swiftly?given two technical fouls and kicked out of the game?
LeBron James was ejected from a game for the first time in his 15-year career as a professional basketball player.?
The Cavaliers star, who was playing his 1,082nd game against the Miami Heat, was tossed out with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
He'd just drove to the basket and missed a shot, but believed he was fouled so he started arguing with the referee.?
At the time the Cavs were leading 93-70, and the team still managed to pull off a 108-97 win without their star player.??
The Cavaliers star, who was playing his 1,082nd game against the Miami Heat, was tossed out with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter
He'd just drove to the basket and missed a shot, but believed he was fouled so he started arguing with the referee. He was then given two technical fouls and ejected. He is pictured with the referee, Kane Fitzgerald
The referee, Kane Fitzgerald, quickly hit James with two technical fouls - meaning he was out for the rest of the game.?
'I got fouled and showed my frustration to the ref, and he sent me to the locker room,' James told?ESPN.?
'I got fouled all the way up the court, from the time that I stripped him, all the way until I got to the rim.
'I said what I had to say and then I moved on. But he decided I should get two of them. It is what t is. We got the win, and that's what's important.'?
He told NBA TV just after the game that he'd never been thrown out of a game in his life.?
'I've never been thrown out of my life,' he said. ?'They always say there's a first time for everything. Tonight was the night.'
He told NBA TV just after the game that he'd never been thrown out of a game in his life
Some people speculated that James touched Fitzgerald and that's what lead to the ejection, but the Cavaliers' public relations department told USA Today there was no contact
He said he's made similar comments to referees in the past that haven't gotten him thrown out.
When he was ejected James had already scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists. He'd only attempted one free throw.?
James told ESPN he started arguing because he wanted to 'win every possession.'
'I don't care if we're up 23 or down 23. I want to win every possession,' he said.???
Some people speculated that James touched Fitzgerald and that's what lead to the ejection, but the Cavaliers' public relations department told USA Today there was no contact.?
Fitzgerald said the decision was based on a few different acts.?
'Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw and air-punch directly at me and then he aggressively charged at me and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times,' he told reporters.?
The Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue said he agrees with Fitzerald's decision to throw him out.?
Though he's never been kicked out of a game before he's had 56 technical fouls during his career.?
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