LeBron James responded to the criticism of his 21 Savage inspired Instagram post.
"Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone," LeBron said in an interview with 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."
In the song, the Atlanta rapper spits: "We been gettin' that Jewish money, everything is Kosher (On God) Bought myself a 'Ventador and bought my bitch a Roadster (Straight up) Drive my Lambo to the store, I'ma wave with my doors."
Many took exception to LeBron's post, including Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell who took to Twitter saying "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."
"Entourage" creator Doug Ellin also called out LeBron on Instagram, posting his video with the caption "This is an anti Semitic stereotype used for centuries to foster hatred against Jews. @kingjames the nazis spread this nonsense everywhere #wordshavemeaning posting words to 44 million people has a ton of meaning."
LeBron, who is known for posting videos of himself singing rap lyrics to Instagram, seems to have learned his lesson this time around.