Regardless of where you stand on LeBron James as a player or as a person, there's no denying that he's got a huge fan base that would do anything for him. Sadly, there's also a faction of people who feels exactly the opposite.
That seems to be the case with anonymous Instagram user 'witness.kevin.durant,' who was recently under heavy fire for posting a picture of a gun and claiming that he'll use it to shoot LeBron in the head when the Lakers play the Nets.
Fan Posts A Disturbing Death Threat, Claims He Will Shoot LeBron James
"On Thursday, February 18th, I will be going to a Nets vs Lakers game. I will sneak this gun showed in the picture into the arena, and shoot @kingjames in the head during a timeout. You have been warned @kingjames," the post read.
Anonymous Fan Backpedals, Claims He Was Just Joking
It didn't take long before the post went viral on Twitter and the user - presumably a kid - got a lot of attention and follow requests. Obviously, he got scared and quickly apologized for making such a terrible joke:
"I'd like to publicly apologize for threatening LeBron AS A JOKE. I've come to realize things like these aren't jokes and can be taken seriously. I have over 500 requests after going private because someone posted in on Twitter. Y'all can hate me all y'all want but I truly apologize and if I could go back in time and think before posting something like that I would," read the picture.
"@kingjames I APOLOGIZE. I may not like you as a player but every person deserves respect. If you somehow saw that tweet and feel threatened that is not the case. I just wanted to put that out there," the user added on the caption.
At the end of the day, we can only hope that this is indeed a joke and nothing else. There are a lot of bad people out there and no death threat should be taking lightly, so stay safe and strong, LeBron.