(Fox News) LeBron James took the opportunity on Wednesday to scold reporters for failing to ask him any questions about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ recent controversy surrounding him and suggested it had something to do with race.
After the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 128-109 behind James’ 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, the superstar forward asked the media why no had asked him questions about Jones and the recent photo unearthed which showed Jones as a teenager with students trying to keep an Arkansas school segregated in 1957.
“I got one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo,” James asked, via ESPN. “But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.”
Kyrie Irving was teammates with James when the two were on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving’s game-winning shot in 2016 delivered the Cavaliers’ first NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors– and James’ third. The two had a less-than-amicable end to their time.
James said Irving “caused harm” when he tweeted a link to an antisemitic movie.
Jones came under fire in a story in The Washington Post last week over the photo. He was in the crowd consisting of White students attempting to deny access to six Black students at North Little Rock High School. The event occurred just a few weeks before the Little Rock Nine integrated Little Rock Central High School less than five miles away in what turned out to be one of the biggest moments of the civil rights movement.
Jones has acknowledged that it is him in the photograph, but he says he did not participate in protesting the integration and looked on curiously without animosity.