LeBron James may think his superstar status makes him all but untouchable when it comes to backlash from his own opinions, but in recent days it’s been proved he’s anything but.
Despite garnering mass publicity when he appeared on ESPN back when the subject of him leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers was the talk of the town, King James recently advised fans and fellow athletes not to watch the network.
He said: “Just don't care what everybody thinks. If you care about your craft and at the end of the day if you went out there and you gave it everything you had and you laid it out on the line for your teammates, you can sleep comfortably at night. Don't watch ESPN and all these so-called 'everyone knows what to do that ain't never put on a uniform, trying to tell you what to do' [shows].”
That’s all well and good, but has James forgotten about the T.V special he did with them only a few years back? Regardless, rest assured broadcaster Bob Ley hasn’t.
The long-serving sportscaster hit back at the NBA’s reigning MVP with a smart Tweet which referred to James’ appearance on ESPN, and one that could provoke a debate between the two.
Ley tweeted: "Help me here, @KingJames. "Don't watch ESPN." - except when you're the focus of a 1 hr show annoucing your free agent destination?"
As of yet James has yet to clarify exactly what he meant with the anti-network statement, though he’ll probably be asked in the coming days.