LeBron James provides rappers with the ultimate co-sign when he quotes and plays their music on his Instagram page which boasts 45.9 million followers.
James agitated whistleblowers when he played The Slaughter Gang boss’ song “ASMR” and posted a caption that quoted his polarizing lyric, “We been getting that Jewish money, everything is kosher,” on his own Instagram page on Saturday (December 22).
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TSR STAFF: Thembi! @ThembiTV_ _____________________________________ Sooo, the other day, #LeBronJames received some backlash for posting a photo with lyrics that read, “We been getting that Jewish money, everything is Kosher,” captioning it, “Getting that Jewish money”. _____________________________________ The lyrics are from #21Savage’s song “ASMR,” and people apparently thought it was inappropriate for Bron Bron to post that as he got dragged for it. LeBron says he thought it was a “compliment,” and did take the time to apologize. _____________________________________ "Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone," he told ESPN. ”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." Adding–Read more at theshaderoom.com
Following his game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, LeBron apologized on ESPN for the upheaval in response to repeating the Jewish stereotype.
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” James said. “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.
Although, James filtered his apology by claiming he assumed the lyric was a “compliment” to aspire for becoming wealthy.
“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.”
The NBA decided not on Monday to punish the face of its league for the controversy.
On Christmas Day, 21 Savage tweeted his own apology for his “Jewish money” lyric in the same vein as James.
“The Jewish people I know are very wise with there money so that’s why I said we been gettin Jewish money,” 21 said.
“I never thought anyone would take offense I’m sorry if I offended everybody never my intention. I love all people.”
The Jewish people I know are very wise with there money so that’s why I said we been gettin Jewish money I never thought anyone would take offense I’m sorry if I offended everybody never my intention I love all people
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) December 25, 2018
Check the lyrics to “ASMR” below.