Fox's Jason Whitlock Compares LeBron James to LaVar Ball, Fame to Cocaine

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2019

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Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock blasted Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on Monday for turning his son Bronny James' AAU basketball games into a "spectacle" and a "circus."

During a segment on Speak For Yourself, Whitlock referred to James as a "fame and social media junkie" and compared him to LaVar Ball—the father of former Lakers and current New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball:

Speak For Yourself @SFY

Today’s Before We Go: LeBron should take the advice he gave his mother… sit yo ass down. @WhitlockJason https://t.co/77DDCrD9ql

Speak For Yourself @SFY

Today’s Before We Go: It’s ridiculous to think criticism of LeBron is tantamount to betrayal. @WhitlockJason https://t.co/4vfgHZAXCo

"It's inappropriate," Whitlock said. "It points to how much fame has inevitably changed LeBron over the past decade. Fame is a drug more potent and dangerous than cocaine. LeBron is a fame and social media junkie. He moved to Los Angeles looking for a better high."

Whitlock further claimed that LeBron made the move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to L.A. because of his "thirst for fame."

LeBron was a visible presence at his son's AAU game and even threw down some dunks in the layup line:

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Bron had to jump in the warm up line real quick 😳 (via qwik11hoops/IG) https://t.co/3gtkS7PjPM

James also went wild when Bronny threw down a dunk that clinched the championship for his team:

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Bronny dunks it to seal the championship!@kingjames @tiphoops https://t.co/c8Cg8i6YKz

While some might call that being an invested and excited parent, Whitlock chalked it up to LeBron wanting to be seen and talked about.

LaVar Ball has been a controversial figure in recent years because of his penchant for courting attention off the back of his three sons' basketball careers, and Whitlock seems to think James is on the same path despite the fact that he is already one of the most famous athletes in the world.


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