LeBron under fire for reportedly sneaking bottle of tequila into NBA finals: ‘Kids look up to you, man’


The following contains editorial content written by a current staff writer of Law Enforcement Today. 

PHOENIX, AZ – A photo showing LeBron James sitting courtside during the July 17th NBA Finals game where the Suns and Bucks went head-to-head is causing a bit of a stir online, as James is seen sitting with a bottle of tequila underneath his seat.

The backlash over the photo is reasonable, considering that run-of-the-mill game attendees likely wouldn’t be able to pull off that stunt to flagrantly.

Joe Pompliano, the founder of sports newsletter Huddle Up, shared the photos of James sitting courtside on July 17th where the bottle of tequila can be seen on Twitter, captioning the photos with the following:

“They let LeBron bring his own bottle of tequila into the arena tonight. LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Anthony Davis, and Draymond Green are all investors in the ‘Lobos 1707’ brand.”

The mentioning of the brand “Lobos 1707” relates to the specific bottle of tequila seen in the photos, which conveniently has the label facing toward where cameras would inevitably snap a photo of James sitting courtside.

After the photo attracted thousands of likes and shares, James actually retweeted the photos of him at the game, adding the following caption:

“They let me??? Ok we’ll go with that! “BYOT” Bring Your Own Tequila!”

Whether or not James was being facetious in that Twitter response is anyone’s guess, considering that no officials from the Phoenix Suns Arena have come out saying that he was either explicitly allowed to bring in his bottle of tequila or if he managed to sneak it into the game.  

A report from TMZ regarding the stunt suggests that James did this as a form of free marketing for the brand of tequila which he holds a financial stake in, which seems logical since he conveniently plugged the official Twitter account of Lobos 1707 when he responded to the photo online.

But the TMZ report also called it “ridiculous” in their reporting, suggesting that other game attendees not attempt to pull off what James did during Game 5 of the NBA Finals:

“Fans know LeBron typically gets his way on the court, but this seemed ridiculous. Ever try bringing your own liquor into a game? Don’t.”

That notion is where a majority of the backlash online is coming from: James can seemingly get away with bringing in his own booze to a professional basketball game, while other spectators in the stands cannot, instead being forced to purchase expensive draft beers if they feel like having some alcohol.

But the reality of the situation is that even if James snuck the bottle into the arena, nothing is going to happen to him. Let’s be candid and acknowledge that it’s not like the Phoenix Suns Arena is going to ban James from attending games because of his obvious bottle of booze photographed.

It’s obviously irritating and a double standard regular fans attending games certainly wouldn’t be able to enjoy, but it’s simply one of those annoying realities.

Back in June, we at Law Enforcement Today shared an editorial from Pat Droney where he shared his thoughts on the recent poll that showed LeBron James was ranked as the most hated player in the NBA. 

Here’s that previous editorial.


The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and contributing staff writer to Law Enforcement Today. 

LOS ANGELES, CA- LeBron James, “affectionately” known in law enforcement circles as LeFraud has been found to be the most hated player in the NBA. In other news, grass is green, and the sky is blue.

Breitbart News tells us that James, an insufferable egomaniac was found to be the most hated NBA player—by a wide margin.

The survey, commissioned by Sports Insider utilized “trends software with direct access to geotagged Twitter data,” Breitbart noted which tracked negative mentions of NBA players on Twitter. And James “won” by an overwhelming margin. Granted, the survey was completely unscientific but still is hardly surprising. 

The survey looked for negative tweets, including ones such as “I hate LeBron” or “LeBron sucks” and other similar comments across a number of players in the NBA.

The data was then sorted by region and measured against players receiving the most negative tweets across a map of states in the U.S. Out of 50 states, James was the clear “winner,” amassing 24 states which agree with us that he is an unbearable jackass.

Finishing second was another nauseating scumbag, Kyrie Irving who amassed a hate total of 18 states. Not surprisingly, the former Boston Celtics “star” carried all of New England, with all six states choosing him.

Here is the vote of shame:

  • LeBron James- 24 states
  • Kyrie Irving- 18 states
  • James Harden- 3 states
  • Kevin Durant- 3 states
  • Russell Westbrook- 1 state
  • Paul George- 1 state

James carried states such as Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Indiana, Pennsylvania and obviously many others.

Irving, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets, carried Illinois, Missouri, Washington and Colorado.

The study it should be noted only followed negative tweets, not positive ones which are not factored into the data. Twitter’s developer page explains how the platform’s geotagged tweets are compiled.

James, while clearly a talented player, has chosen to insert himself into politics and in doing so has drawn the wrath of a number of people, primarily conservatives and law enforcement.

He has also proven himself to be a whiny crybaby, after leaving a Los Angeles Lakers blowout loss in the playoffs and heading to the locker room with over five minutes remaining in the game.

Later on in the series, after the Lakers had been eliminated, James walked off the court without congratulating the Phoenix Suns.

James is also a world-class flopper, acting like a wounded duck when he tweaks a pinkie muscle during an NBA game. 

Law enforcement and most clear-thinking Americans also slammed him several weeks back when he made a not-so-veiled threat against a Columbus, Ohio police officer who shot and killed a teenager who was about to plunge a knife into another woman.

James (kind of) walked back the initial tweet after deleting it, but he had already damaged what was left of his reputation, at least among right-thinking Americans.

James has also shown sheer hypocrisy in his response to China’s human rights violations. While he is more than willing to weigh in on the fantasy of “systemic racism” in the United States, he has remained silent on human rights abuses of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang province in China.

According to the Washington Times, sports analyst David Hookstead said that James’ criticism of the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, who supported pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong reeked of selective outrage. Conversely, James supported the pro-BLM riots which occurred across the country last summer. In other words, he’s a hypocrite.

“I guess this is what happens when you go out of your way to alienate fans, act like a petulant child on the court when losing and when you dox a police officer for saving a girl’s life,” Hookstead wrote.

“Turns out, fans don’t really like seeing that stuff. Who ever would have guessed that might be the case? I sure never saw it coming!” he concluded, probably clearly tongue in cheek.

Hookstead also conducted his own poll, asking his Twitter followers, “Who is worse for sports: LeBron James or Colin Kaepernick?” Wow, that’s a tough one for us here at Law Enforcement Today. We would have guessed that such a poll would have been close. After all, Kaepernick is the one who started the whole kneeling thing before games, praised Fidel Castro and wore socks with pigs outfitted as police officers. It wasn’t close.

“Of the 1,855 voters, 60.1% voted that LeBron is worse for sports than the former 49ers quarterback,” Hookstead wrote.

Law Enforcement Today recently wrote on James’ doxing of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon after he was forced to shoot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. For more on that, we invite you to:


The following editorial is written by a retired police chief and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

LOS ANGELES, CA- There are a lot of insufferable, self-important “stars” who think the world revolves around them. However nobody is quite in the league of billionaire basketball bouncer LeBron James.

You know James…one of those black men in America who he says has been oppressed and subject to the “systemic racism” he claims is part of the fabric of America. James’ latest stunt, however, is beyond the pale.

James, a legend in his own mind, inserted himself into an officer-involved shooting and posted a picture of the Columbus, Ohio police officer who shot a female teenager armed with a knife who was trying to stab another female, likely saving the latter’s life.

James tweet said in capital letters, “YOU’RE NEXT” the Daily Wire reported. More on that later.

“King” James as he calls himself is so oppressed that he managed to become part owner of one of the most successful baseball franchises there is—the Boston Red Sox.

You really have to feel sorry for poor Lebron. Just imagine how much money he would be making if he wasn’t being so oppressed and getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars to play a kid’s game.

You think he could make more money playing money in communist China, whose real oppression he is silent about?

Full disclosure, I was a lifelong Red Sox fan.

Despite the success of the franchise over the past 17 years, with four World Series championships, and while the team itself has been likeable, the ownership are a bunch of insufferable bastards, led by principal owner John Henry.

Henry’s jealousy of the New England Patriots is legendary in some Boston media circles, despite the success of the Red Sox. He continually uses his ownership of the Boston Globe to publish hit pieces on the NFL’s most successful franchise. 

The final nail in the coffin for me was last year after the death of George Floyd, when the Red Sox decided to throw down with Black Lives Matter and put up a huge banner along the Mass Pike across from Fenway Park.

They also put a Black Lives Matter sign on the centerfield bleachers, another prominent location.

I don’t have a problem with black lives matter as an idea, but as an organization, they are a neo-Marxist, radical, anti-police and anti-American organization.

But teams such as the Red Sox are down with the revolution, and the addition of James as a part-owner was the final nail in the coffin. Anyone who hates America and everything it stands for can go to hell. So James…and the Red Sox organization can do just that.

James posted the photograph on Twitter, but then like the true gutless puke he is, quickly deleted it, no doubt after hearing about it from either the Lakers or the NBA. It doesn’t matter because as the saying goes, the Internet is forever. The tweet? “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.”

Now, the tweet can be viewed a couple of ways, however given the fact that line of duty deaths of police officers are escalating, and anti-police sentiment rules the far-left of which James is a part, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see exactly what James was getting at. 

One cannot dismiss this tweet and should view it as a threat on the officer’s life. Not by James of course…he’s just a Twitter tough guy. However the tweet appeared to be a dog whistle to the violent participants in the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements.

The incident, which was captured on video showed a black female holding a knife and in the process of appearing to try to stab another black female.

The responding officer shot the suspect female, who died enroute to the hospital.

Once again it was a case of an officer deciding in a split second to make a life or death decision, a decision Monday morning quarterbacks like LeBron James have hours to pick apart. That’s ok LeBron, go bounce your ball and take home your millions. Let the police do the tough job.

The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) responded to James’s tweet, writing:

“@KingJames, with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself, and frankly has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.”

One must wonder—what if the officer hesitated and didn’t use deadly force on the suspect and she did kill the other black female.

One can imagine he would face criticism for “not attempting to save the life of a young black girl.” It is literally a classic no-win situation.

The Columbus police department wasted no time in releasing body camera footage of the shooting in order to quell any possible rioting before it began. The incident happened just before the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis announced its verdict.

Release of the video, however, didn’t stop slip and fall, ambulance-chasing attorney Benjamin Crump from claiming the girl who was shot was “unarmed.”

One really must wonder, what is the hue and cry for body cameras when the evidence shown on the body cameras is summarily dismissed, as it was in the Brooklyn Center, MN., shooting of Daunte Wright.

The contrast between interpretation of video evidence is stark. In the case of Chauvin, most people claimed the video evidence was “damning” and showed “clear proof” of what happened.

However in the case of Wright’s shooting, and this one in Columbus, video evidence is summarily dismissed.

At a press conference where the video was released, Michael Woods, interim police chief in Columbus said:

“Normally we don’t provide information this soon, but we understand the public’s need, desire and expectation to have transparency upon what happened.”

He continued, “We’ve worked very hard tonight to provide you a short video of the officer, the first officer that arrived at the scene, and this is the officer that did ultimately fire his weapon.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther noted that based on the video footage, “the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” while noting the family of the 15-year old who was shot and killed was grieving.

Ginther supported release of the video in order to provide as much information to the public as possible and be transparent about the shooting.

That doesn’t matter to clowns like LeBron James, who while complaining about human rights violations and oppression in the United States, doesn’t seem to have a problem with China’s longstanding human rights abuses, as well as their suppression of Muslim Uyghurs and the placement of estimated millions in concentration camps.

James doesn’t seem to have an issue with Nike, while he pads his income from a company using slave labor to manufacture the sneakers he runs around in and markets.

But hey, it’s easy to preach to police about how to do their jobs from your multi-million dollar mansion in lily white areas of Los Angeles within your gated walls with private security.

If James wasn’t such a hypocrite, he’d be raising his family in South Central LA where the people he pretends to care so much about live. But hey, he’s a self-proclaimed “King” so he’s above living with all the little people in economically depressed areas. 

For one, I’m sick and tired of phony hypocritical jackasses like LeBron James.

And if for some reason this officer in Columbus is somehow injured or worse, LeBron James should be held criminally liable for anything that happens to him.

And the officer’s family should own the multi-million dollar mansion where LeBron James hides at night while he preaches to the rest of us about defunding the police.

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