During Tuesday night’s 108-97 Cavalier win over the Miami Heat, Lebron James was ejected for the first time in his 15-year basketball career. With just two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, James was tossed out as the Cavaliers were leading the game. After stealing the ball, James took the ball upcourt but missed the layup, which he argued was a foul from Heat forward James Johnson. James was unhappy with the call, so he argued with referee Kane Fitzgerald, who issued ultimately decided to issue a technical foul to eject James.
After the game, James responded to the foul, "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 [ejected]. It is what it is. We got the win, and that's what's most important." Fitzgerald also explained the foul after the game, "It was a culmination of a couple different acts. 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." Even with this explanation, many were surprised by the call because James has been upset during a game before, but it’s never gotten him ejected.