LeBron James says he is done biting his tongue — and he’s serious.
In an exchange with ESPN late Monday night following a 104-97 loss to the Mavericks, LeBron popped ALL the way off on TNT analyst Charles Barkley for his constant criticism and also took a shot at Knicks president Phil Jackson while he was at it.
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” LeBron said of Barkley. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.
“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”
LeBron then went on to label Charles as a ‘hater’ who ‘wanted to retire a long time ago’ from broadcasting, but is ‘stuck up on that stage every week.’ He also dared Charles to say how he feels face-to-face as opposed to just on television.
‘Screw Charles Barkley’ added LeBron. ‘I’m tired of biting my tongue. There’s a new sheriff in town.’
Well…if you’re wondering how LeBron got here, watch the clip below.
The TNT crew has a heated discussion surrounding LeBron James' recent comments ? pic.twitter.com/YbsmP8LWxP
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