For the first time in 1,082 career NBA games, LeBron James was ejected last night.
The unexpected moment came with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter of last night's Cleveland Cavaliers' home win over the Miami Heat when James felt like he was fouled on a layup attempt and gave referee Kane Fitzgerald an earful about it.
King James' air punch and the vulgarity he used triggered Fitzgerald to toss him for the first time in his 15-year NBA career.
"It was a culmination of a couple different acts," Fitzgerald said, as reported by ESPN. "Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me, and then he aggressively charged at me, and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times."
James tried to explain the ejection after the game as well.
"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," James said of the events paving the way to his ejection, as reported by ESPN. "I said what I had to say and then I moved on, but he decided I should get [ejected]. It is what it is. We got the win and that's what's most important."
That being said, people saw the first ejection of King James' career and absolutely lost their minds on Twitter and Instagram.
San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol and Tony Parker are the only current players who have played more games than James without being ejected now.
You could tell he was still tight about it.
Yet another reason why the internet is undefeated.
He made sure that the ref heard him loud and clear.
It's a party in the Bay Area!
This is clearly in response to LeBron calling himself the "King of New York" earlier this month.
That win definitely helped soften the blow. That's nine straight victories for his Cavs, by the way.
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