LeBron James on Playing With No Fans in Attendance Due to Coronavirus Scare: 'Nah'
News of the coronavirus has spread faster and wider than the virus itself, it seems. Now we’re seeing reports that even the sports world is being impacted by it as professional sports teams face the very real possibility of having to play in empty stadiums with no spectators.
According to USA Today, multiple NBA team executives have said they’ve considered playing behind closed doors but only as a last-resort contingency plan. Sports teams around the globe have had to deal with the same, not just as a possibility, but as a reality.
Well, Los Angeles Laker LeBron James ain’t having it.
According to Huffington Post, James says, coronavirus be damned, he refuses to play basketball behind closed doors.
“Play games without the fans? No. That’s impossible. I ain’t playing,” James told reporters after the Lakers’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center on Friday.
“I ain’t got the fans in the crowd. That’s who I play for,” James continued. “I play for my teammates. I play for the fans. That’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do.”