LeBron James Apologizes After "Jewish Money" Line Sparks Controversy
LeBron James has issued an apology after his Instagram post received backlash for using a racial stereotype about the Jewish community.
The post used the line "getting that Jewish money," a lyric that's featured on 21 Savage's "ASMR" song. The line reads: "When you getting that Jewish Money, everything is Kosher."
"Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone," James 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. 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."
Though James reportedly interpreted the verse as a testament to the strength and security of the Jewish community, the caption has been erased from the Los Angeles Laker's social media after being met with ridicule from followers.
There is currently no word if the National Basketball Association (NBA) plans to fine the power forward according to league source Adrian Wojnarowski.