Dec 23, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James apologized on Monday for an Instagram post on Saturday that referenced “Jewish money,” and he won’t be punished for the post, according to an ESPN report.
Per ESPN, the NBA spoke with James about the post and accepted his explanation that he made a mistake.
James said he was quoting the song “ASMR” by the performer 21 Savage when he posted the lyrics, “We been getting that Jewish money. Everything is Kosher,” on his Instagram account, which has about 46 million followers.
James told ESPN on Sunday night he was sorry to anyone who took issue with his post.
“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.
“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.”
—Field Level Media