Calling LeBron James’ Instagram post “insensitive hate speech,” parent company Facebook joined Patreon in deplatforming the NBA star despite his apology for an anti-Semitic remark.
“We been getting that Jewish money, Everything is Kosher,” James wrote, quoting the song “ASMR” by the rapper “21 Savage.”
With over 45 million followers on Instagram and more than 100 million total across his social media platforms, the sudden spin move by CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Conte took many professional LeBron watchers by surprise.
Others said they saw it coming when James likened NFL owners – including the nine Jewish Americans who own teams in Atlanta, Tampa Bay, New England, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington, New York, Minnesota, and North Carolina – to slave masters who have a “slave mentality.”
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” James said, issuing the now-famous apology favored by Progressive faith leaders everywhere.
“I actually thought it was a compliment,” James said, “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.”
Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory echoed James’ apology and accused Zuckerberg and Conte of racism. “It definitely was not LeBron’s intent, obviously, to hurt anybody,” Mallory said. “It is a compliment to say slave-owning Jews hold all the wealth, and anyone who doesn’t understand that is a racist, especially that termite Zuckerberg.”
Jesse Jackson came out of retirement to say that Lebron’s intent “was obviously not to hurt anyone from hymietown.”
MSNBC TV star Al Sharpton told the audience of “Politics Nation” that, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
All three black leaders were immediately deplatformed by all the big social media companies.