Lakers superstar LeBron James is making some headlines for statements he made on the latest episode of HBO’s “The Shop” which aired on Friday night.  

During the episode he compared NBA team owners to NFL team owners.  The difference between the two according to James is that NFL owners have a “slave mentality.”


“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality,” James said during the episode. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.’

“The players are who make the ship go. We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham Jr., without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA.”

“The difference between the NBA and the NFL, the NBA is what we believe he [a player] can be. The potential,” James said. “In the NFL, it’s like what can you do for me this Sunday, or this Monday or this Thursday, and if you ain’t it, we moving on.”

The NFL is by no means perfect and there are several things that can be done to make it better.  The contracts for starters need more guarantees, but to say that the NFL owners have a “slave mentality” is a little off base.