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LeBron James Elbows Wizards Player And Calls The Referee ‘B—h A– N—a’ In Leaked Audio

Apr 3, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) talks with referee Nick Buchert (3) against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James played aggressive basketball against the Washington Wizards last night. However, it slowly went over the line as the four-time NBA champion grew frustrated at the lack of calls. He even called the referee out for not calling the fouls. Ultimately, this culminated in the superstar’s elbow connecting with Deni Avdija.

LeBron James Frustratedly Yells At Referee

While the Los Angeles Lakers took the win from last night’s bout against Washington with a 125-120 score, James wasn’t too happy with the game. An X user (formerly Twitter) gave the alleged video a listen and captioned it. It turns out the 20-time All-Star eventually got fed up with the lack of calls and yelled expletives at the referee.

“Call the f–king foul, b—h a– n—a!”

LeBron James

Tensions rise further after Avdija lays a hand on him during a drive. This resulted in another call that the referee didn’t call in James’ eyes. In a consequent play a minute later, the 39-year-old tries for another layup and elbows the Wizards player in the face—something teammate Jordan Poole quickly tries to point out.

Consequently, the referees gave him an offensive foul, which eventually resulted in a Flagrant-1 call. Avdija continued to play but eventually left during halftime due to a migraine.

Is There An Officiating Issue In The NBA?

Apr 3, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (8) defends in the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s not uncommon for players to call referees out for not calling fouls. To put it into perspective, James only had one free throw attempt in the first half. After he yelled at the referee, he received eight free-throw attempts in the second half.

Meanwhile, this calls back to an altercation between the Lakers forward and the Houston Rockets head coach, Ime Udoka. However, James was on the receiving end of being called a b—h. It was something he didn’t take too kindly.

Do you think the 20-time All-Star’s words changed the referee’s behavior?