NBA superstar LeBron James offered apologies "if I offended anyone" after quoting song lyrics on a post to his more than 45 million Instagram followers that included the phrase "getting that Jewish money," NBC reported.
Over the weekend, James had shared the following lyrics from rapper 21 Savage's song "ASMR" in an Instagram story: "We been getting that Jewish money, Everything is Kosher."
The Action Network's Darren Rovell sent out a tweet criticizing James for the comment.
James told ESPN's Dave McMenamin he thought the lyrics spoke to "a strength of the Jewish business community" and said, "Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone," according to Yahoo.
James explained "That's not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That's what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it. So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn't through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody."
Rovell said he thought the apology was appropriate.
He said in a tweet he “Knew that @KingJames would apologize for quoting 'Jewish $.' One of the reasons he's the off-the-court star he is is because he has an impressive emotional intelligence who, considering his time in social media age, has made so few mistakes."
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