Dec 15, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) warms up before the game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
League won’t take action against LeBron James after ‘Jewish money’ post
After talking with Los Angeles Lakers‘ LeBron James, the NBA will take no action in the aftermath of his social media post of a song lyric that referenced “Jewish money,” a league source told ESPN on Monday.
The league office accepted his explanation that he made a mistake, a source said.
James had been quoting the song “ASMR” by the performer 21 Savage on Saturday, typing the lyrics “We been getting that Jewish money. Everything is Kosher” onto a public Instagram account with 45.9 million followers.
After the Lakers’ 107-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night, James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone. 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.”