LeBron James’ comments on the NFL in the third installment of his unfiltered series The Shop airing on HBO have set the internet on fire.
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” said James. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the fuck I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.'”
He continued saying, “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 not football. And it’s the same in the NBA.”
James went on to address the difference between the NFL and the NBA essentially saying the NBA cares more about the player.
The mentality of the NFL is clear in how they’ve treated players protesting police brutality and blackballed Colin Kaepernick.
The crew in the shop, including Mary J. Blige, Ice Cube, Nas, Lena Waite, Jimmy Kimmel and more also discussed the appropriation of Black culture, women empowerment through music and more.
While talking about Black culture, Nas emphasized the importance of the people adopting Black culture to also speak on the inequalities the community faces.
Mary J. Blige shared how music helped her empower herself and millions of women to break free of the abusive relationship they condoned because they internalized them growing up.
The full episode of The Shop is available to stream now on HBO.