LeBron James spoke critically about NFL owners on the HBO series “The Shop” that he produces, according to ESPN.
James said NFL owners have a “slave mentality” during the episode that aired Friday night.
During the show, James did not hold back his opinions on NFL owners, according to ESPN.
"In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality, and it's like, 'This is my team. You do what the f--- I tell y'all to do or we get rid of y'all’,” James said.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was one of the guests on the show and James compared the NFL to the NBA multiple times throughout the episode, according to ESPN.
"The difference between the NBA and the NFL, the NBA is what we believe he [a player] can be. The potential," James said. "In the NFL, it's like what can you do for me this Sunday, or this Monday or this Thursday, and if you ain't it, we moving on."
This is not the first time James has been critical on social issues. James made headlines after discussing social and political issues on his ESPN channel "Uninterupted" earlier this year.
ESPN said that James thanked NBA commissioner Adam Silver for what he considers better treatment of players in their league than in the NFL.
"I'm so appreciative in our league of our commissioner. He doesn't mind us having ... a real feeling and to be able to express that. It doesn't even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out. As long as we are doing it in a very educational, nonviolent way, then he's absolutely OK with it," James said.
James was talking with his business partner Maverick Carter, Gurley and actor/rapper Ice Cube on the show when he made the comments, ESPN said.