LeBron James has apologized for an Instagram comment that landed him in hot water, regardless of his intent.
Sometimes even a king may have to apologize because his words are less than royal. That was the case for LeBron James when he posted and quoted on Instagram song lyrics from 21 Savage’s song ASMR.
The lyrics that we are referring to" “We been getting that Jewish money/Everything is Kosher.”
James immediately responded to the potential outcry in response to his post: “Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone.” James verbally said this to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. He went on to explain – “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.”
James’ rationale and explanation seems reasonable and given how prominent of a figure he has become within the sports world for social justice, often speaking out in support of Kaepernick, taking a stand on police brutality, and even building his own school to aid in bettering education and creating more opportunities for youth, it is not hard to believe that there was no ill-intent meant on James’ part.
This has become something of a nuance in these more volatile times, sports figures speaking out but also being judged for how they do so. James has a knack for tolerance and acceptance, and for the most part has been on par with the pulse of the people. Ultimately, don’t look for James to be raked over the coals for his quoting of this lyric, his stature and prominence is bigger than that, and intent has to be considered as well – and LeBron James’ has always been credible when it comes to that.