LeBron James Takes NFL Owners to Task: ‘A Bunch of Old White Men’ With ‘Slave Mentality’
On The Shop, which aired on HBO on Friday, celebrated NBA star LeBron James called NFL owners “a bunch of old white men.”
He also accused them of having a “slave mentality.”
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said during the show which also included Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and others. “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.’ ”
He then contrasted the NFL owners behavior to that of the NBA commissioner.
“It doesn’t even matter if Adam [Silver] agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” James stressed. “As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.”
The NFL has been embroiled in controversy — enflamed by President Donald Trump repeatedly weighing in on the matter — over players kneeling for the national anthem.
James has previously defended the players who choose to kneel, saying, “It’s powerful what all these athletes are doing.”
He added back then: “It’s not about the disrespect of our flag and the military that’s made this world free.”
Watch above, via HBO
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