“My bad.” We’re paraphrasing, but that’s basically what LeBron James said last night about an Instagram post in which he wrote, “We been getting that Jewish money. Everything is Kosher.” It wasn’t some kind of slam, King James told ESPN — he was just posting song lyrics.
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” the All-Star forward told the Worldwide Leader’s Dave McMenamin on Sunday after the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it. So, I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”
In a caption posted with a car selfie, James was quoting “ASMR,” a track from rapper 21 Savage’s new album I Am > I Was.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported today that the All-Star forward won’t face disciplinary action from the NBA, which accepted his explanation that he’d made a mistake.
The post came on the heels of James igniting another controversy with his attack on NFL owners as “old white men” and slave masters.
Speaking Friday with business partner Maverick Carter on his HBO Sports series The Shop, the Lakers stars said: “In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said in the conversation. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.’”