NBA superstar Lebron James has joined the ranks of those who think antisemitism is cool.
The Los Angeles Lakers star posted a selfie with the lyrics to a 21 Savage rap which doesn’t seem like a big deal until you read the lyrics.
“We been gettin’ that Jewish money, everything is Kosher,” it read.
Sports reporter Dan Rovell shared a screenshot of the Instagram photo and had a question.
“Surprised LeBron, who makes very few mistakes, put this out. Does quoting lyrics from a song absolve the person quoting from the responsibility behind the words? I’d argue no, especially with a following of 45 million,” he said.
This follows another offensive comment James made earlier last week calling NFL owners slave owners for paying their athletes millions of dollars.
Lebron James has compared being a multi-million dollar sports star to being a slave.
And no he was not kidding.
The NBA superstar appeared on HBO’s “The Shop” on Friday and broke into a racist rant against white team owners.
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” he said.
“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,” James said.
How many slaves owned mansions?
He praised the NBA for allowing its players to get involved in politics.
“I’m so appreciative in our league of our commissioner [Adam Silver],” he said.
“He doesn’t mind us having … a real feeling and to be able to express that. It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” James said.
“As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it,” he said.
Every employee in America has to abide by their boss’ rules.
This could be a surprise to James who has never had a job that was not in sports or entertainment.
It is not the first time NFL team owners have been compared to slave owners, The Washington Post reported.
The NFL and its owners have faced “slave” comparisons numerous times over the past decade. In 2011, then-Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said that the league’s labor situation was like “modern-day slavery.”
During a 2017 owners meeting in the wake of Kaepernick’s protest, then-Houston Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly told his fellow owners that, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” Former Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts replied: “Inmates, slaves and products. That’s all we are to the owners and others.”
Over the summer, San Francisco defensive back Richard Sherman accused Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of possessing “the old plantation mentality” for requiring his players to stand at attention during the national anthem.
As Friday’s conversation on “The Shop” continued, James noted the central role that NBA and NFL players have held in growing their respective sports and suggested that NFL owners prioritize short-term results over the long-term success of individual players.
“The players are who make the ship go,” he said. “We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham Jr., without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA. … The difference between the NBA and the NFL: the NBA [cares about] what we believe [a player] can be, the potential. In the NFL, it’s what can you do for me this Sunday or this Monday or this Thursday. And if you ain’t it, we moving on.”