Lebron James says the owners of the NFL are “old white men” with a “slave mentality” towards their players.
During #KingJames’ latest episode of his HBO series “The Shop,” the basketball player opened up about his feelings about how NFL owners treat their players in comparison to the NBA. James says their attitude is similar to that of a slave owner, and praised how NBA commissioner Adam Silver deals with social issues – particularly with the recent police brutality protests.
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said. “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.’”
“I’m so appreciative in our league of our commissioner [Adam Silver],” James continued. “He doesn’t mind us having … a real feeling and to be able to express that. It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out. As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.” This time around his panel included Los Angeles Rams running back #ToddGurley, rapper #IceCube and his longtime business partner #MaverickCarter.
He then went on to say the NFL barely cares for its players. “The players are who make the ship go,” he said. “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. … The difference between the NBA and the NFL: the NBA [cares about] what we believe [a player] can be, the potential. In the NFL, it’s what can you do for me this Sunday or this Monday or this Thursday. And if you ain’t it, we moving on.”