LeBron James Blows Off End Of National Anthem

LeBron James infuriated thousands of Americans when he walked away during the last bars of the National Anthem.

Los Angeles, CA – National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar LeBron James is facing massive blowback from across the nation for what many saw as blatant disrespect of the National Anthem at the season opening game on Tuesday (video below).

NBA on ESPN tweeted out a nine-second video clip of the uber-famous basketball star walking off the court during the last words of the Star Spangled Banner with the caption “LeBron is READY.”

The rest of his team was still standing with their hands over their hearts, as was the rest of the crowd in the arena.

As he strode away, James turned to the bleachers and yelled “Let’s go!!!” in what appeared to be an effort to pump up the crowd before taking his seat on the sidelines.

While the crowd didn’t seem cognizant of James’ faux pas in the video, the social media universe went crazy when the clip was posted to Twitter.

Thousands of people called the Los Angeles Lakers’ star “disrespectful” for not waiting until the National Anthem had finished playing.

Numerous people tied their criticism to James’ recent criticism of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

"If this was the Chinese anthem @kingjames would have showed the proper respect," Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy tweeted.

“Everybody knows you gotta play the Chinese Anthem if you don't want him to scream and walk off the court,” tweeted Alana Mastrangelo from Breitbart News.

“Different views of America.. just watched on TV 5 a Firefighter in Massachusetts saving a beloved US Flag from a burning home. Then watched LeBron James during the anthem at the Lakers first game leave the bench screeching...Does LeBron respect Red China more than America..??” talk show host Bill Cunningham posted.

But it wasn’t just conservative luminaries who were offended by King James’ behavior.

James has been a vocal supporter of former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started a protest when he began taking a knee during the National Anthem in 2016.

“I stand with Kap. I kneel with Kap,” James said in February, according to The Hill. “I feel what he was talking about, nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody ever really wanted to actually understand where he was coming from.”

“Anybody that would sacrifice their livelihood for the better of all of us, I can respect that. And he’s done that,” the basketball star said.

In December of 2018, James accused NFL owners of being “old white men” who had a “slave mentality,” according to The Hill.

“In the NFL they just 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--k I tell y’all to do, or we get rid of y’all.’”

Watch the nine-second video that started another controversy here below:

Comments (53)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

He is an American ZERO!

ElleD
ElleD

He is an overpaid, arrogant jack-hat that thinks he is entitled because of the color of his skin. Guess what bron, you are as ugly inside as your attitude is outside.

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Why they put up with his lip flapping. Just another overpriced piece of shit.. Drop non-Americans from all sports by American teams. Nothing but a punk...

flybynight
flybynight

Must be rough living in a country like this and getting paid the kind of money he makes just playing a game. Don't know how or why he does it. We're lucky to have him. /sarc

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Not pretty, He has no idea how many people gave their lives in multiple wars to allow him to do what he just did.

When the National Anthem plays, or the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, it's a time for all Americans, despite our differences, to stand united to recognize our common values of liberty and justice for all.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Terrence Williams.........thank you for what you said, spot on.
A HERO is someone who puts the safety and best interest of others before themselves, like the military, police, fire, emt, the neighbor next door or driving down the street and sees a need for help and jumps in. NOT someone who jumps up in the air with a ball like a 2 yr old, demanding respect for themselves without giving any regard for others. He's a looser, like kap.....two peas in a pod. Not worth the $$ given them, not worth starting the car to go see a game that made them rich while disrespecting you, those who fought for, work for the benefit and especially those who died for this country. Hero's don't demand recognition, they will walk away from it because that's not what their heart is like.

LEO0301
LEO0301

"What do you do for a living?" "I bounce a ball, which makes me really important...to my mom, that is."

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Let’s face it , they can train seals to put balls through hoops, Nike already has a non playing spokesman , don’t need someone else , but the NBA being controversial over freedom of speech rights, they can’t support Hong Kong push for democracy, got to do something

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Another "entitled" POS !

Harlan4300
Harlan4300

What an ass. Should be benched with NO PAY.

investigator
investigator

James IS and always HAS BEEN a narcissistic POS!!

The express
The express

Lucky to get out of high school, now one of the richest black men and still clueless about his freedoms. Just more proof money can't buy you everything, he still has no brain.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

I love Terrence, he's awesome!!! One year I was in Cleveland at a Cav game, they were playing Detroit. The Pistons were kicking their asses. LeBron threw the biggest bitch-fit and stormed off the court before the end of the game. He's a total POS.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

He's a low IQ uneducated piece of shit!! Just another overpaid entitled liberal hypocrite athlete who lives in the greatest country on the planet, making millions of dollars, living the good life and still plays the racist and victim card every chance he gets!!! I hope he gets injured and can't play anymore!!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm curious is the Lakers will suspend him with out pay for several games because of his antics, for conduct unbecoming of a player.

Hopefully he will learn that his actions have consequences... hopefully....

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Here's yet another example of an ignorant asshat that has no idea what he's talking about.

Not all the teams in the NFL are owned by old white slave owners. Some are actually owned by the original black slave traders!

By his actions and his money, has he educated his people any more? Nope! They still, by choice, chose to be ignorant and follow false gods like this wannabe Michael Jordan.

He's no king, there's only one MJ and try as he might, he'll never attain that height of greatness ever!

Musicray
Musicray

Why does everyone put up with this A-Hole? He’s black so he can do anything he wants... should boycott him..

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

Typical negro ignorant COWARD showing his worthless self. Another boycott sport for REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS. national BOZO association. And national FELONS league. ... I love sports more time with family, friends, fishing, hunting, and things that really matter.....

Marxest
Marxest

Ohhhh man. What is with all this praise and respect for the blasted "Nationalist" Anthem? That song is spawned from a racist white nationalist and supremacist. It's a symmbol of America's evil past and should be left behind. I support America but I stopped standing for the "Anthem" about fifteen years ago and I'm a better person for that. God bless America, but screw that anthem. Mr Lebron James has every right to walk away and not stand for that nationalist anthem. And I'm glad he walked away from that. That "anthem" is bad business. You can't please everybody. The founding fathers certainly weren't thinking of making America for everybody. By the way, great job finding a black person to twitter rant against him instead of a bigot white. That is officer thinking. I rather enjoyed that idiots rant against Lebron. He was coherent enough, if not woefully misinformed. Lebron has opened up a school for children. he pays for their transportation and education. He is an American HERO. There are many different faces of America. White Supremacy is a face of America, like it or not. If you don't like it go back to Europe or China or whatever.

YOWHIP
YOWHIP

He is just another over paid athlete, who thinks his opinion matters! Boycott the Nike BasketballAdidias

50wt
50wt

Who really cares what a basket player has to say?

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

He is just another Traitor.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

As evidenced by the video, shit walks and money talks.

Boxermama
Boxermama

"“I stand with Kap. I kneel with Kap,” James said in February" Then guess what? You can sit on the bench with Kap too asshole!!!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I read a book called, “Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters.”

It’s simple. Stay off of social media. Stop watching the NFL. You can add, “No more NBA” to the list.

I read another book about creating wealth. It stated that unless you own a professional franchise or you’re directly involved with professional sports as a career in some way, professional sports should not be in your life. It’s a complete waste of time and we are dumber for having watched it on TV or in person.

bronx163
bronx163

Lebron james is a china lapdog. Has millions invested with chinese and has sold his soul for money.

Does what ever China tells him.

Pathetic how NBA bows to the communists of China.

Deadeye321
Deadeye321

Folks poor, poor Lebron just lost his house in California due to wild fires. Sorry to hear, not.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Surprised Captain dipshit didn't chime in to defend this idiot.