Skip to main content

LeBron James: NFL Owners Have "Slave Mentality"

LeBron James holding a microphone on Media Day.

EL SEGUNDO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the media during the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 24, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is no stranger to headlines. The basketball superstar turned his on-court success into one of the largest platforms any athlete has ever had.

On Friday night comments from James made the rounds on social media after he suggested NFL owners have a "slave mentality." James' comments came from an episode of his HBO show "The Shop."

"In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality," James said during the episode. "And it's like, 'This is my team. You do what the f--- I tell y'all to do. Or we get rid of y'all.'"

LeBron went on to comment about two NFL players that "make the ship go."

"The players are who make the ship go. We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham Jr., without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it's the same in the NBA."

You can read more of LeBron's comments here.

The NBA treats its superstars much differently than the NFL - which likely leads to James' comments here. LeBron went on to laud the efforts of NBA commissioner Adam Silver.