LeBron James Apologizes for Sharing ‘Jewish Money’ Lyric

LeBron James Apologizes for Sharing 'Jewish Money' Lyric
LeBron James at the "Small Foot" Premiere at the Village Theater on September 22, 2018 in Westwood, CA.

LeBron James apologized for sharing a stereotypical lyrical about Jewish wealth over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, sports reporter Darren Rovell shared a video of James rapping along to “ASMR” by rapper 21 Savage. The NBA star wrote the song lyrics, “We been getting Jewish money / Everything is Kosher,” onto his Instagram stories to nearly 46 million followers.

“Surprised LeBron, who makes very few mistakes, put this out,” Rovell tweeted. “Does quoting lyrics from a song absolve the person quoting from the responsibility behind the words? I’d argue no.”

That evening following the Lakers’ 107-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, James expressed his sincerest apology for offending anyone with the quotable.

He told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone. 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 a byproduct of it.”

James added, “I actually thought it as 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 will reportedly take no action against the three-time champion over his mistake, according to reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

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21 Savage’s lyric prompts the positive stereotype that Jewish people are wealthy. JAY-Z was also criticized for making a similar reference on his 2017 song “Story of O.J.”

“ASMR” appears on Savage’s sophomore album,  i am > i was, which released on Dec. 21.


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