LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers won Game 2 of their Western Conference Finals showdown against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
Following the game, James sent a clear message to his critics.
“Anybody can talk from outside but if they got into the ring or got into the arena, probably 10 times out of 10, they’d s*** their pants,” he said.
Lakers’ LeBron James on critics: “Anybody can talk from outside but if they got into the ring or got into the arena, probably 10 times out of 10, they’d s—- their pants.” pic.twitter.com/QjhIoKomyV
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 21, 2020
Roughly 24 hours earlier, on Saturday night, Colby Covington defeated Tyron Woodley in the main event of their UFC Fight Night event.
After that match, Covington took out a moment to call out James.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the silent majority is ready to make some noise,” he said.
“If you thought that was a beating, wait until November 3 when Donald Trump gets his hands on sleepy Joe [Biden]. That’s going to be a landslide.”
Covington didn’t stop there, though.
“I want to dedicate this fight to all the first responders, all the military out there,” he continued.
“This world would not be safe without you guys, you keep us safe.”
At that point, Covington turned his attention towards James.
“Not these athletes, man,” he added.
“I’m sick of these woke athletes and these spineless cowards like LeBron James. And speaking of spineless cowards, Marty Fake Newsman, Street Judas, we got unfinished business. There’s nowhere to run and there’s nowhere to hide. I’m coming for you, you’re next!”
Colby Covington post fight interview. pic.twitter.com/foEUWHWPrY
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) September 20, 2020
James, obviously, is one of the NBA’s most outspoken players when it comes to social justice awareness and political issues. As such, he has received a lot of praise from supporters of his cause and criticism from detractors.
It is easy to figure out which camp Covington belongs to.
In the aftermath of Covington’s victory over Woodley on Saturday night, he got on a call with President Donald Trump.
“I’m your fan, you’re my fan,” President Trump said at one point. “Two of a kind.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 20, 2020
James, meanwhile, is no big fan of President Trump.
A few months back, when the POTUS said he couldn’t watch the NBA anymore due to the constant protesting, James reacted by saying that the game wouldn’t miss him.
“When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and national anthem, what I do personally is turn off the game,” President Trump said.
“I think it’s disgraceful. We work with [the NBA], we worked with them very hard trying to get open. I was pushing for them to get open. Then I see everybody kneeling during the anthem. That’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling during the game, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. Let me tell you this, plenty of other people out there, too.”
A tough situation all around. https://t.co/R0ufvolXKE
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 20, 2020
James responded to the POTUS with pure indifference.
“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game,” James said.
“I think our game is in a beautiful position and we have fans all over the world and our fans not only love the way we play the game, we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game. But also respect what else we try to bring to the game and acknowledge it — what’s right and what’s wrong,” he added.
“And I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, will see what leadership that we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans. If we continue to talk about, ‘We want better, we want change,’ we have an opportunity to do that. But the game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball: We could [not] care less.”
As of Monday morning, Covington has yet to respond to James’ most recent comments.