LeBron James is never shy about making his voice heard. No matter whether he’s on social media or his son Bronny’s basketball game, King James is not holding back. This might be seen as “exhausting.”
James found his name in the middle of a report about ESPN released by the New York Times. Out of everything in the article, the most notable is audio between ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols and Adam Mendelsohn, LeBron’s PR adviser.
The LA Lakers star is very outspoken in the political arena. He commented on the subject of Black Lives Matter on several occasions. This received a lot of attention from the general public as well. In the audio, Mendelsohn can be heart complaining about LeBron’s constant political activism.
“I’m exhausted. Between Me Too and Black Lives Matter, I got nothing left.”
It is not uncommon to complain about the stresses of your job in private. The fact that this complaint came in reference to such political activism has drawn some extra attention.
As of this writing, he seems that LeBron has not separated himself from his adviser. Mendelsohn also issued a public apology to CNBC over the comments.
“I made a stupid, careless comment rooted in privilege and I am sincerely sorry,” Mendelsohn said. “I shouldn’t have said it or even thought it. I work to support these movements and know that the people affected by these issues never get to be exhausted or have nothing left. I have to continue to check my privilege and work to be a better ally.”
Rachel Nichols can also be heard on the audio saying: “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else.”
We’ll have to see if LeBron James responds to this situation publicly. As of this writing he has not commented. He is very busy right now with many things including Space Jam 2: A New Legacy. Odds are he will hear about this eventually.
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