LeBron James Apologizes for Posting "Jewish Money" Lyric
"I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn't through the lens of a lot of people."
LeBron James is sorry for posting a lyric that referenced "Jewish money." The Los Angeles Lakers star says he simply got caught up in the music, thought the lyric was a "compliment" and offers "apologies, for sure."
The lyric comes from the song "ASMR" by rapper 21 Savage. James shared it over the weekend on his Instagram account, which has nearly 46 million followers.
The lyric says, "We been getting that Jewish money, Everything is Kosher."
James apologized on ESPN — "if I offended anyone." He says he regularly posts lyrics and listens to "great music" in his car. He adds: "That was the by-product of it. So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn't through the lens of a lot of people."
The posting was highlighted by Darren Rovell of The Action Network, a media company. After James' apology, Rovell took to Instagram to say, in part, "As I expected, last night LeBron told @davemcten he was apologizing if he offended anyone. It was an uphill battle yesterday, but LeBron knows simply acknowledging a mistake goes a long way into helping people understand the other side of 'the coin.'"
Surprised LeBron, who makes very few mistakes, put this out. Does quoting lyrics from a song absolve the person quoting from the responsibility behind the words? I’d argue no, especially with a following of 45 million. pic.twitter.com/efv9gkXres— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 23, 2018