Well, NBA legend, LeBron James isn’t having any of this and has taken a firm stand for his fans.
Keep scrolling to read more about the generous player, and to hear what he had to say about the proposed ban…
The thirty-five-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time through his sensational career with the Lakers.
James is well immersed in the world of education and getting kids on the right track – using his influence for good.
And he’s certainly not all talk…
The star has been involved with several programs and schemes, including funding the “Wheels for Education” program, which provides kids with school supplies, access to computers, and a bike as part of a system designed to keep kids motivated to complete their studies and reach their full potential grades-wise.
The NBA legend opened his own public school – The I Promise School.
The public school, supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation, opened its doors in 2018 after the star teamed up with Akron Public Schools to make the project a reality.
Located in James’ hometown Akron, Ohio, the school houses 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students.
As well as services designed to help both children and parents who are struggling – including stress management and an on-site food bank.
This is something extremely close to James’ heart after he admitted that having a bike gave him the freedom to explore and escape some of the more dangerous parts of the neighbourhood while growing up.
“We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be around your family,” he said, per the BBC. “No matter the good and the bad, you always want to be around that support system.”
“School didn’t mean anything to me,” he said. “There were just a lot of empty days, empty nights and just kind of a no-future thought process.”
“It was mentally challenging. No kid at eight, nine should have that stress… so I know exactly what a lot of these kids are going through.”
And hopes that his school will provide a second chance for kids who are struggling at home or falling behind in their education.
It’s not a charter school run by a private operator but a public school operated by the district, with the school’s $2 million budget funded by the district.
And he’s truly gone above and beyond to be an inspirational figure in so many kids’ lives.
And, throughout years of major success, he has always remained grounded and stayed true to himself.
And he loves his fans.
So much so that he has vowed to not play if the NBA bans fans from basketball matches.
Where many major sporting events such as the Olympic Games are facing potential cancellation to avoid any further spread of the virus.
Just to minimize the risk of contamination.
They sent a memo to players which explained that fans may potentially be banned from coming to watch the matches from the courtside.
But James isn’t having any of this…
And has claimed that he will downright refuse to play if fans aren’t allowed into the court.
And that there would be no point him playing without them.
Speaking to a Sports Center reporter, James said:
“No, that’s impossible. I ain’t playing if I ain’t got the fans in the crowd. That’s who I play for. 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 ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing.”
“I ain’t never played a game without no fans ever since I started playing ball. I don’t give a damn, this ain’t Europe. They can do what they want to do.”
You can watch his interview above.
Recently, James lost one of his closest friends – Kobe Bryant. Keep scrolling to read the powerful speech he gave at his memorial service…