Does James have a point?
It's no secret that the NFL contains old owners that have some outdated views. The late Texans owner Bob McNair stated of the kneeling protests, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” The way the league has dealt with the protests has exposed several other racial issues in the NFL as well. LeBron James has been a vocal opponent of racists and their practices, and on his show The Shop, he went straight for the NFL owners' necks.
"In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality," James said during Friday night's 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.' 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."
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Todd Gurley was also on the episode. "The difference between the NBA and the NFL, the NBA is what we believe he [a player] can be," James continued. "In the NFL, it's like what can you do for me this Sunday, or this Monday or this Thursday, and if you ain't it, we moving on." Gurley interjected at that point stating, "That what I say: Your best ability is availability. ... It's really week by week. It ain't no year by year."