LeBron James, NBA star and part owner of the Boston Red Sox, had some harsh words for Boston Celtics fans on a recent podcast as the Los Angeles Laker criticized them for allegedly being “racist as f***” — despite previously saying that he had never experienced racism in the Massachusetts city.
James made the comments on the most recent episode of his talk show “The Shop.” When asked where he hated playing, James did not hesitate to name Boston as the toughest place to play.
Maverick Carter — a guest on the show and fellow Red Sox co-owner — asked James, “In basketball, there are fans that can literally take the game from you? You can feel like, ‘The fans is not going to let us win this one tonight?’ What place?”
“I mean, Boston,” James responded.
Co-creator of the show Paul Rivera asked, “Why do you hate Boston?” The sure-fire NBA Hall of Famer shot back, “Because they racist as f***.”
“They will say anything and it’s fine. It’s my life,” he continued. “I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. I don’t mind it. I hear it. If I hear somebody like close by, I’ll check them real quick. I move on to the game. … They might throw something on you. I got a beer thrown on me leaving the game.”
The three-time NBA Finals champion was blasted on Twitter for his remarks.
Gerry Callahan, Boston radio legend and host of “The Gerry Callahan Show” podcast, tweeted, “Of course, he gives no examples, not even made up ones. Question is, have the Red Sox owners apologized to this a**hole yet?”
OutKick writer Bobby Burack tweeted, “LeBron James is the biggest fraud on the internet,” while making note of his stake in the BoSox.
In May of 2017, James also told the media that he had never personally been affected by racism in Boston.
His comments came in support of Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, who claimed that somebody called him the n-word from the stands of Fenway Park and threw peanuts at him during a game in Boston. Jones received a standing ovation from the Fenway crowd during his first at-bat the next day after the reported incident.
“I’ve been to Boston. I’ve played in Boston a lot I just try to have tunnel vision when I play I don’t … I can’t recall me ever hearing something that was racism towards me,” James told the media.
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