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On this day, two years ago, there were false reports that LeBron James and Colby Covington were involved in a mutual conflict.
LeBron James is one of the most famous individuals in the world. Widely recognized as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, James is also an actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Recently, James even joined the billionaire club, which is a real rarity for any athlete or celebrity to achieve.
Another label for LeBron James is that of activist. James has never been shy about addressing sensitive topics, especially those concerning racial equality and social justice. Partly because of this, he has become something of a polarizing figure in the United States. And for many right-wing Americans like Colby Covington, he is another example of what is wrong with the country.
Covington was sure to tell LeBron James in a post-fight interview two years ago. And the media reported that James had replied to her. There’s just one problem: he never did.
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On this day two years ago…
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 24, 2020, 2:45 PM]
Title: No, LeBron James did not respond to Colby Covington
Author: Clyde Aidoo
No, LeBron James did not respond to Colby Covington’s remarks over the weekend, contrary to a story circulating on the internet.
After UFC on ESPN+ 36, Colby Covington spoke to reporters after his dominating victory over Tyron Woodley. “I want to dedicate this fight to all the first responders, to all the military out there,” Covington said in his post-fight interview. “This world wouldn’t be safe without you guys keeping us safe, and not these woke athletes. I’m sick of these spineless cowards like LeBron James.
Another victory over the weekend was the Los Angeles Lakers beating the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals thanks to a game-winning shot from Anthony Davis at the buzzer. In a post-event melee, LeBron James reportedly responded to Colby Covington’s remarks by stating the following:
“Anyone can talk from the outside, but if they got in the ring or the arena, probably 10 out of 10 times they would shit their pants.”
This soundbite was taken from James, but what wasn’t included in the soundbite, of course, was the specific question he was answering. It turns out James’ comments were in response to a question about athletes, like James’ teammate Anthony Davis, who rose to the occasion under the pressure of big moments.
Unfortunately, this is yet another example of how quickly some journalists and members of the media run with a story for clicks and, even more sadly, how easily the public can be fooled.
The question James answered is at about 8:57 from this video of the full scrum, which made no mention of Colby Covington.
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