Few people get to meet LeBron James, but when they do, they go crazy. That was not the case for James Michael Angelo, who sat next to LeBron on the New York City subway in 2017.
On that day, James and his teammates from the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to take the subway back to their hotel after practice. LeBron wanted to make a video of their trip, but when he tried to film Angelo, he pushed the phone away.
Train passenger pushed away LeBron James
“Can you not?” the train passenger said.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 13, 2017
LeBron thought it was very funny and then aimed the camera at Dwyane Wade, who was sitting ahead of him. Angelo didn’t want to be in the video again, so he stood up and left his seat to avoid it.
James Michael Angelo explained his reaction
After this happened, his reaction and the video became very popular on the internet. A lot of people were curious about why Angelo reacted that way, and the reason is quite simple. In a later interview with For The Win, he explained that he had no clue that the person was actually LeBron.
“I noticed a bunch of tall guys getting in the train, but I was listening to U2 and I didn’t want to be filmed,” he said.
Angelo believed they were just a college basketball team, and he didn’t like how LeBron was acting.
“To be honest with you, they got on and they completely squished me and he was really unaware of his space,” he added.
He said that LeBron’s elbow almost hit him several times, and he asked LeBron to be careful, but LeBron didn’t pay attention, which is why he looked upset in the video. Angelo, who works as a real estate agent and comedian, also mentioned that he is a bigger fan of tennis, which is why he didn’t recognize LeBron. A few days later, he went on Facebook to share his version of the story.
“So this morning I was on the train and out of nowhere a crowd of ENORMOUS basketball players got on the train and pretty much crushed me. The guy next to me kept nearly elbowing me in the face, I nicely asked him to watch my head. He wasn’t very apologetic. Then he decided to put me in his movie, and I hadn’t had my coffee yet. Thanks LeBron James,” he posted.
It was a crazy story, but LeBron didn’t care. He played an excellent game against the New York Knicks, scoring 23 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, making 12 assists, and blocking 3 shots. Thanks to his performance, the Cavaliers won the game 104-101.