LeBron James is sitting on stacks of money. Not only is he the smartest basketball mind in the NBA, he’s also the highest-paid player in the league’s history. King James has earned a staggering $1 billion and counting during his career. He’s also been dealing with some strange things in the courtside seats at Staples Center.

Last year, James started the LeBron James Family Foundation. The charitable organization aims to provide free tuition to eligible graduates of his Promise School’s initial class of graduates. While Lebron was recently forced to sit out of a game due to an ankle sprain, a fan asked the Space Jam: A New Legacy star to pay his student loans.

“LeBron, pay off my student loans! Please!”

The basketball legend simply smirked. That was it. He didn’t smile or laugh or even engage the fan in any way. Someone as loaded as LeBron is probably used to no-selling it when people hit him up for money.

LeBron kept his focus on the game, but some people have questioned whether his reaction to the fan was a smile or a wince. It’s the Mona Lisa of injured basketball player reactions. Maybe LeBron knows something we don’t.

LeBron James has since healed from his ankle injury. He’s averaging 27 points per game to go along with 7.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in 5th place in the Western Conference with a 5-3 record.

Do you think LeBron James did the right thing in not paying much attention to this fan? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a writer for Ringside News and its sister pop-culture news site, Thirsty for News. He’s been a pro wrestling fan since he was old enough to talk, which places his origins as a fan back to WrestleMania 3. If you look closely, you can find him in his teenage form in the crowd during the 1998 King of the Ring and any number of ECW FanCam tapes. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. His writing experience includes work for 247Sports, F4WOnline, and a litany of completely random freelance copywriting and ghostwriting jobs. Michael is working hard every day to bring a little extra to the stories he tells. With a passion for pro wrestling and pop culture, he’s delivering the news with the context it takes to understand it. He believes the world of professional wrestling is one of the most fascinating cultural phenomena of all time and loves to weave together it’s past and present. In his spare time, Michael likes to torture himself as a University of Pittsburgh football fan, sample tasty beers, and pretending to be good at Rocket League.

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