Normally when a New Yorker jumps on the subway, they’re just happy to find a car that hasn’t yet been turned into a homeless individual’s personal bathroom or a dance hall for youths. But comedian James Michael Angelo found fault in a much more famous subway co-passenger: LeBron James.
In a video for Uninterrupted, James detailed the decision he and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates made to ride the subway back to their hotel after shootaround at Madison Square Garden on Monday, in advance of their matchup with the New York Knicks.
While the Cavs were enjoying themselves, Angelo, seated next to the four-time MVP, was displeased. As LeBron scanned the train with his camera, it eventually landed on Angelo, a comedian, who wasn’t having it.
“Can you not?” he glared at the phone before pressing his hand over its lens.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 13, 2017
“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,” Angelo later explained to USA Today. He thought the Cavs were a college basketball team.
Apparently LeBron is an inexperienced subway rider, unfamiliar with New York’s underground etiquette.
“To be honest with you, they got on and they completely squished me and he was really unaware of his space,” Angelo said.
He also took to Facebook to explain his experience: “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.”
Later that day, after friends had contacted him to tell him he was blowing up, Angelo jokingly warned LeBron that he’s out to get him, adding, “I had no idea who LeBron James was because I don’t watch football.”
Several Twitter users joked that the man was pissed because he’d been caught lying to his wife. Angelo addressed that too.
— James Michael Angelo (@JMANewYork) November 13, 2017
Later that night, LeBron’s Cavs beat the Knicks.