Having patched up differences with LeBron James two months ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers today have apparently offered a much less important olive branch to a fan who was banned from Quicken Loans Arena in March 2013.
The fan, James Blair, posted a tweet on Friday claiming that the team’s ban had ended, and the team’s communications staff later confirmed Blair’s tweet.
Guess I waited long enough and everyone keeps asking so.. YES my ban is lifted and I cant wait to enjoy the games at the Q with everyone!
— James Blair (@jamesblair06) September 19, 2014
Cavs communication staff confirms to Fear the Sword that James Blair is allowed to attend Cavs games. Reporting by @cwmwrites
— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) September 22, 2014
Blair had run onto the court to greet James during the March 20, 2013 game between the Cavaliers and James’ then-team, the Miami Heat. Wearing a white t-shirt with the handwritten messages of “We Miss You” on the front and “2014 Come Back” on the back, Blair briefly shook hands with James before he was hauled off the court by arena security.
Charged with criminal trespassing, Blair paid a $250 fine on the charge. Just days after the incident, a bemused James tweeted that Blair was “brave” for pulling his stunt. The two would later officially meet during the Heat’s 2013 victory party after Miami’s win over the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
Last season, two other fans attempted similar moves during Cavaliers home games. In a December 2013 game, a fan with a handwritten t-shirt that said “KYRIE DON’T LEAVE” walked up to Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving.
Then, during the February 28th game versus the Utah Jazz, a fan shook Irving’s hand after running onto the court. There’s no indication that either of these individuals have had their subsequent bans lifted.