LeBron James has apologized after an Instagram post that mentioned “Jewish money”.
The Los Angeles Lakers star regularly posts song lyrics to his Instagram account, and on Saturday he quoted asmr by 21 Savage, which includes the line “We been gettin’ that Jewish money, everything is kosher”.
Business reporter Darren Rovell brought attention to the post and lyrics, which brings up an old stereotype surrounding Jewish people and materialism. James apologized for the post after his team’s game against the Memphis Grizzles on Sunday night.
“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.” He added that he thought the lyrics were a tribute to the strength of the Jewish community.
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