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A Miami Heat fan at Game 3 of the NBA Finals, who has been called a “passionate fan” by many, willingly wore a sweaty headband from forward LeBron James straight from his head and she doesn't regret it.
Jennifer Chaplin, a 21-year-old from Miami Beach, was seen smiling on national television as she accepted the used headband and then without hesitation placed it on her head. The video, which was posted on YouTube by ESPN, has close to 6,000 views. Kris Humphries, an NBA player and Kim Kardashian's ex, also tweeted about LeBron’s offering.
“Just saw a heat fan put on the sweaty head band lebron took off and gave to her. That’s a passionate fan! #sweat,” he tweeted.
But the New York University student doesn’t understand what the commotion is about. Chaplin said she didn’t realize how wet the band was until it left a mark on her jeans in the car.
“I just thought, ‘This is LeBron’s headband, I’m going to put it on,’” Chaplin told NBC 6.
Chaplin, who didn’t find the sweaty band disgusting, said her family found it “gross.” She wasn’t going to be bothered by a little sweat.
“I’m cool with a little LeBron stink,” she said as she laughed.
The dedicated fan also told NBC 6 that although she usually asks for high fives or a towel, she’d accept and wear James’ mouthguard too.
“Probably," she said. "I might hesitate a little longer."
Chaplin, whose family has season tickets to the Heat games, plans on wearing the headband to every game, "until the Heat win the NBA Finals," she said. “I’m not going to wash it.”