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LeBron James walked back statements he made about WNBA star Brittney Griner who is locked up in Russia.

James made the comments in a trailer for an episode of "The Shop: Uninterrupted." He said he would question returning to the United States if he was stuck in a Russian jail.

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Griner was arrested in mid-February at a Moscow-area airport after officials found vape pens containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

She pled guilty to smuggling drugs, and she threw herself on the mercy of the court.

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James suggested Russia may be a better alternative to the United States where Black lawbreakers are gunned down by police before they can get their day in court.

"She's been there over 110 days," he said in the video trailer. "Now, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, 'Do I even want to go back to America?'"

James now say he was not bashing the United States by questioning how long it is taking to bring Griner back to American soil.

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Even though both James and Griner have criticized America as racist, James now calls America a "beautiful country."

"[I] wasn't knocking our beautiful country," the Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted Tuesday.

"I was simply saying how she's probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she's been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome."

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LeBron James says he would question returning to the United States if he was stuck in a Russian jail like Brittney Griner.

The NBA star made the comments during a recent taping of "The Shop" according to TMZ.

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James said Griner has been in jail too long and he'd question returning to America if he was her. He said he wouldn't consider coming back to a country that is taking too long to bring him home.

"Now, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, 'Do I even want to go back to America?'"

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James and Griner are among the "woke" NBA and WNBA players who kneeled before games to protest police shootings of Black men.

Both athletes have been heavily criticized for turning their backs on the American flag and military veterans.

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Griner was arrested in mid-February at a Moscow-area airport after officials found vape pens containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Last week she pled guilty to smuggling drugs into the country and she threw herself on the mercy of the Russian court.

A judge ordered the WNBA All-Star held in detention for at least 6 more months. Her trial is expected to last that long since court is not held there every day.
 

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Drew Sidora's sister confirms the Real Housewives of Atlanta star dated basketball star LeBron James while he was with Savannah, but before they were married.

On Monday, June 13, Drew's sister and manager, Alison Jordan, took to social media to defend her sister against allegations that she slept with LeBron while he was a married man.

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Alison confirmed that her sister and LeBron did in fact date in 2002-2004. She made it clear that at the time, LeBron was not married to Savannah, his high school sweet heart. But he and Savannah lived together at the time.

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According to Alison's timeline, Drew dated LeBron when he jumped to the NBA in 2003.

Alison confirmed that LeBron flew Drew out to Lakers games and she and Drew stayed in hotel rooms together. Alison acted as a chaperone for her younger sister.

"They dated. They talked on the phone day and night. We went to dinners. We weren't sneaking through back alleys," said Alison, referring to her sister and LeBron.

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Drew and LeBron dated while Savannah was pregnant.

Savannah fell pregnant with the couple's first child, LeBron James Jr., in 2003 and gave birth in 2004.

So, technically, Drew is not a home wrecker. But she definitely got between LeBron and Savannah.

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The rumors are true. NBA star LeBron James stepped out on his wife with actress Drew Sidora.

The 37-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member admits the Lakers star flew her out to NBA games before she was a happily married woman.

The mom-of-three revealed her sneaky links romance with LeBron on an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

"I was on Melrose and we were at a restaurant and a certain king of the NBA sent me over a drink," she said. She didn't name LeBron directly, but the obvious hint she dropped was enough to make the connection.

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"We went on a couple of dates, he flew me to his games. He would listen to my music before his games. All those games he was winning, it was off of my music!"

LeBron has been accused of cheating on his wife, Savannah, numerous times in the past.

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LeBron and his long-suffering wife, Savannah, always ignored the gossip and mudslingers.

Not this time.

Fans think LeBron responded to Drew's revelation in a seemingly desperate tribute post to his wife.

"Quick letter to my queen, simply just letting you know that I appreciate you more than this world has to offer!! Been my [rock] holding this s- down from the very first jump ball! With all the BS that comes into our lives throughout the years and on the daily you've never waved, fluttered or allow yourself to simply not be strong for me, us but more importantly YOU!!

"This is my appreciation post to you my Queen because I'm simply letting you and the world know I ain't s— without you! All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend AKA best friend AKA wife! Love, King."

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Usher Raymond and his eldest son Usher "Cinco" Raymond V, 14, attended the Netflix World Premiere of Hustle at Regency Village Theatre on Wednesday, June 01, in Los Angeles, California.

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LeBron and Savannah James attended the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Hustle' held at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. LeBron joined the billionaire's club becoming the first active NBA player to have a net worth of $1 billion according to Forbes.

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Actors Queen Latifah and Adam Sandler attended the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Hustle' held at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Hustle is about a washed-up basketball scout (Sandler) who discovers a phenomenal street ball player while in Spain and sees him as his ticket back into the NBA.

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Karrueche Tran attended the Netflix World Premiere Of Hustle at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Comedienne Luenell attended the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Hustle' held at the Regency Village Theatre.

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Actor LaKeith Stanfield attended the Netflix World Premiere Of Hustle at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Actor Bill Bellamy attended the Netflix World Premiere Of Hustle at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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LeBron James' son LeBron "Bronny" James Jr. went viral after he took his longtime girlfriend to their high school prom.

Kids who follow Bronny on social media know who his girlfriend is. But Black Twitter expressed surprised that she was from the other side of the tracks.

Those who see no color slammed Black Twitter's racist hypocrisy.


 
One Twitter user wrote: "These the Mfers they wanted Bronny to take to prom."

In other news, sports analysts say LeBron, 37, and Bronny, 17, will become the first father-son duo to play together in the NBA. Other famous father-son duos have played in the NBA, but not for the same team.

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Bronny is LeBron's eldest son. He is a sophomore at the exclusive Sierra Canyon School in the Los Angeles area. He is a 6-ft-3 point guard who averaged about 4.1 points per game in his sophomore season.

247Sports.com dropped Bronny from 27 to 52 in its prospect rankings at the start of his junior year - after he was ranked the best player in the class of 2023 while in middle school.

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NCAA Division 1 schools showing interest in Bronny include Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA. But his father has bigger plans for him.

LeBron wants Bronny to play in the NBA with him. So he's using himself as leverage — by promising to play for any NBA team that drafts his favorite son.




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Rapper Drake and NBA star LeBron James surprised a high school basketball player and his mother with $100,000 in cash.

Drake and LeBron invited Michael Evbagharu and his mother to Harbour 60 restaurant in Toronto, where they gifted them the cash.

Drake has given cash to fans from his earnings on the cryptocurrency betting platform Stake.

"Anytime I get blessed like that, I always think it's good karma that needs to be transferred," Drake says in a video on his Instagram page. "So, I play for fun and I play in hopes that I can spread love always."

In the video, Drake is seen handing the stacks of cash to Evbagharu's mother.

"On behalf of me and my brother [LeBron] and Stake, we wanted to give you this, it's $100,000," Drake says. "Hopefully it makes this journey a little easier."

Evbagharu's mother gave both men hugs and asked LeBron if this is "a dream."

Evbagharu, who attends James's basketball foundation, was also gifted with a new pair of Drake's Nocta sneakers.

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Social media users dragged LeBron James for his disrespectful behavior as pop star Macy Gray sang the National Anthem before the NBA All-Star game in Cleveland on Sunday.

The 54-year-old "I Try" singer may not have been the best choice to sing the Anthem, but respect is still due.

The Internet claims she had a sip of happy juice before singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Some stars drink to calm their nerves before performing in front of a national audience.

The Lakers star, a native of Camden, Ohio, smirked as Macy sang, then he dropped his head and laughed.

LeBron's reaction went viral, as sports fans dragged the 37-year-old Team LeBron leader for laughing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Murray and Steph Curry all appeared solemn and respectful during the Anthem.

Twitter users were divided over LeBron's antics. One person faulted Macy for "making a mockery of our country."

Another Twitter user was grateful that LeBron didn't kneel like rapper Eminem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 13.

By the way, LeBron hit a turn around jumper to lift his team over Team Durant 163-160 on Sunday.

Watch Macy's video below.
 

 

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LeBron James was able to shake off two groupies who tried to follow him out of a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Cell phone video shows the Los Angeles Lakers star (in red hat) running down the up escalator — which isn't easy for a young guy much less a 37-year-old man with old sports injuries.

LeBron was dining with teammates, including Lakers center Anthony Davis, who wisely decided not to follow his teammate down the up escalator.

The injury-prone Davis was carried off the court after suffering an ankle injury vs. the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Utah was leading by 14 points with three minutes left on the clock when LeBron sparked a fourth-quarter comeback to lead the Lakers to a 106-101 win over the Jazz.

According to rumormongers, LeBron has groupies in every area code. But someone posted this GIF on Reddit.com to show that his wife, Savannah, has a firm grip on the situation.

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Savannah James, wife of NBA star LeBron James, will celebrate the New Year in style. The mom-of-three showed off her new blonde lacefront wig in preparation for her New Year party.

Savannah took to TikTok to post a video after her stylist completed the custom wig install.

The video was reposted on Twitter, where followers praised the 35-year-old natural beauty.
 


 

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LeBron James led tributes to beloved former NFL coach John Madden on Twitter.com.

Madden, who inspired the wildly popular "Madden NFL" video games, died Tuesday at age 85.

The Lakers star tweeted: "Rest in Paradise To the goat John Madden!!!! Your legacy will continue to live on!!!!!"

Madden coached the Oakland Raiders to seven division titles. His teams made the NFL playoffs eight times and the NFL championship in Super Bowl XI in 1977. Madden retired from coaching in 1978.

His well-known fear of flying contributed to his decision to retire and turn to sports broadcasting. He famously traveled to every game in a custom motor coach. He retired from broadcasting in 2008.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer was popular with young people thanks to his EA Sports video game, Madden NFL.

"People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy?" he said when he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"I'm a coach, always been a coach."

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized NBA superstar LeBron James for posting a cryptic meme about Covid-19 on Instagram.

The meme shows three versions of Spider-Man pointing at each other. Each version is labeled COVID, flu and cold.

LeBron's IG post implied there is no difference between COVID, the common cold virus or the flu.

He captioned the meme, "Help me out folks" with a shrugging emoji.

The post generated over 2.5 million likes and more than 47,000 comments.

Abdul-Jabbar, a vocal supporter of the mRNA vaccines, took to his Substack page to scold LeBron.

"The meme's implication is that LeBron doesn't understand the difference among these three illnesses, even after all the information that's been presented in the press," Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

"Well, since he asked, let me help him out by explaining the difference—and how knowing that difference might save lives, especially in the Black community.

"As is evident by some of the comments that cheer LeBron's post, he's given support to those not getting vaccinated, which makes the situation for all of worse by postponing our health and economic recovery. The CDC reports that those who are unvaccinated are 9 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and 14 times more likely to die from COVID than those vaccinated. The number rises to 20 time more likely when compared to someone who's gotten a booster shot. By posting the uninformed meme, LeBron has encouraged vaccine hesitancy which puts lives and livelihoods at risk."

Six of LeBron's teammates and Lakers head coach Frank Vogel entered the NBA's health and safety protocol last week after testing positive for the virus. All are vaccinated and none are experiencing any symptoms of infection.

Other influential sports figures questioned the logic of quarantining perfectly healthy athletes.

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LeBron sat out one game after testing false-positive with no symptoms. He tweeted there was something "fishy" about the NBA's Covid-19 tests.

Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he had no plans to pause the NBA season, since players who tested positive are asymptomatic.

"No plans right now to pause the season," Silver told ESPN.

"We've of course looked at the options but frankly, we're having trouble coming up with what the logic would be behind pausing right now... this virus will not be eradicated, and we're going to have to learn to live with it."

The CDC seemed to respond to the pushback on Monday by shortening the quarantine time from 10 days to 5 days for people who test positive without symptoms.
 

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LeBron James' agent Rich Paul (2nd from left) says the NBA All-Star will not be traded after the Los Angeles Lakers' third straight loss on Tuesday.

Rumors swirled that the Lakers front office is considering blockbuster trades for LeBron and guard Russell Westbrook.

Shams Charania of The Athletic said on The Pat McAfee Show he spoke with LeBron James' sports agent, Rich Paul, who said the 4-time MVP is not being traded.

"I heard directly from Rich Paul that LeBron James isn't leaving the Lakers," he said. "This team just doesn't look [like] it has the young legs that they need to have and they have been very active in the trade market."

LeBron, who turns 37 on December 30, has not commented on the trade rumors on social media.

After winning the NBA title in 2020, the Lakers have a dismal record at .500 (16-16) with the oldest roster in the league.

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On December 17, the Lakers signed 2x NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas to a 10-day contract. The former Laker scored 42 points in an impressive debut with the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G League on December 15.

After depositing his first paycheck, Isaiah, 32, scored just 3 points with 3 assists and 1 rebound in a 108-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

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The principal at LeBron James' I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio has resigned after slapping a student.

Brandi Davis resigned after an investigation into allegations she slapped an 11-year-old student in the face and he suffered a split lip.

The mother of the student released a statement to The Beacon Journal, claiming her son "had a busted lip and was bleeding." The student was reportedly wearing a face mask when the school principal hit him.

The incident happened in September when the mother received a text message from Davis alerting her that she slapped the boy for using profanity.

The mother said she asked Davis why she put her hands on her son, to which Davis responded that she had "just reacted and slapped him."

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James opened his I Promise School to much fanfare in 2018. The NBA star tapped longtime educator Davis to be the school's first principal.

The future NBA legend missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade, and it was his dream to give underachieving children a quality education.

240 academically challenged students were chosen from a random pool of 3rd and 4th graders with the lowest marks on aptitude tests.

Davis was an educator with the Akron Public School district for more than 20 years and was well respected throughout the community.

The student's mother said that made the incident even more shocking.

Davis was not charged following the incident.

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LeBron James tested negative for Covid-19 and is cleared to play, the NBA said in a statement on Thursday.

The league said James entered the NBA's coronavirus health-and-safety protocol after testing positive for the Coof. But his subsequent tests were all negative, clearing him to play in Friday's game against the Clippers.

The news comes a day after the Lakers star tweeted a cryptic message to his 50 million followers.

"Something is REAL [fishy] going on," he tweeted on Dec. 1.

James was among the last NBA stars to get vaccinated because he was "skeptical" about the mRNA technology.

"I know that I was very skeptical about it all," he said in September. "But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited, not only for me but for my family and my friends. And that's why I decided to do it."