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The NYC subway passenger who pushed LeBron James’ phone away tells his side of the story

For The Win logo For The Win 11/13/2017 Charles Curtis

The NYC subway passenger who pushed LeBron James' phone away tells his side of the story © File photo The NYC subway passenger who pushed LeBron James' phone away tells his side of the story With just three words and a push of LeBron James's phone, comedian and real estate agent James Michael Angelo went viral.

"Can you not?" he said as the Cleveland Cavaliers forward filmed his next-seat neighbor while riding on a New York subway train Monday morning.

Angelo claims he had no idea at the time it was James. As he told For The Win on Monday afternoon, all he knew was this: "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 thought it was a college basketball team. It was only when friends and fellow comedians started reaching out on social media that he realized what had happened.

"To be honest with you, they got on and they completely squished me and he was really unaware of his space," Angelo said.

The reason he didn't look too happy when the lens swung toward him? He said James's elbow nearly nailed him three times. Angelo said he asked James to watch where his elbows were going, to which one of James's Cavs teammates retorted, "It's cool!"

Angelo said he's more of a tennis fan than of sports like basketball. The comedian who has performed at New York clubs like Caroline's, Stand Up New York and Gotham says he's thinking about using the viral moment as part of an upcoming appearance, although he hasn't thought of a joke yet.

But Angelo, who posted about the incident on his Facebook page, sounds like he's already bemused by the attention he's gotten.

"It was first thing in the morning," he said. "I hadn't finished my latte and I didn't feel like being filmed. Plus, it's not good lighting in the subway."

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