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.
Look, I know not everyone will agree, but when you wear an opposing jersey to another team's stadium, stuff like this is going to happen (at least the trash talk and what not). And when you rock a #6 Heat jersey less than a month after LeBron skipped town, well, not saying you deserved it... but you were pretty much asking for it:
First, there's no defending the indefensible.
Simply put, the guy is an asshole. He knew exactly what was going to happen.
There's perhaps no worse place in America that you could wear a LeBron Heat jersey than the bleachers at Progressive Field during a game against the Yankees. Anywhere else in the stadium and he might not have taken much abuse — sparsely filled sections and families with kids don't really provide the right mix of alcohol and crowd-induced rage to carry an obscene chant. But the bleachers were filled to the brim because of A. Rod's possible 600th home run, and they were filled with the commoners, beer-addled, angry at a lopsided game, and already in midseason form spewing venom at Yankees fans who had invaded The Jake.
It began when the offending party waltzed through the home run plaza. An "asshole" chant broke out immediately.
I was standing on the porch the entire game so I'm not entirely sure what went down when the guy reached his seat in the bleachers, but judging from the events later in the night, it was a lot of the same thing witnessed in the beginning.
Eventually he was escorted out of the stadium by police. Whether this was for fighting, vulgarities, or just being a douche, I have no idea. From the video evidence, it looks like he might not have been sitting in the right seat, or fans weren't letting him sit in the right sit, or he just wanted to try sitting in ten different seats.
Should the guy forced to leave simply because he wore a different jersey? No. But when you wear the opposition jersey to a game, you have to expect to take a little heat. However, one of my most fun sports experiences was when I went to the OSU-PSU game in Happy Valley. Of course, I wasn't talking shit and trying to piss the natives off like this moron.
Can't wait til someone tries this at a Browns game. Not gonna end nearly as well.