UFC star blasts LeBron James amid national anthem drama: ‘You’re a coward’


UFC star Colby Covington added to the chorus of criticism of LeBron James after a video surfaced of the Los Angeles Lakers star entering USC’s arena during the national anthem and immediately taking a seat.

Covington made his remarks on Wednesday night as he prepares to take on Leon Edwards in a welterweight bout at UFC 296 this weekend.


Colby Covington attends the UFC 296 pre-fight media day at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

“If you hate America so much, and you don’t like this country that gave you a billion dollars, leave it. Or come deal with me. Go to China. Go to these sweatshops that you employ all these laborers and use these women and pay them pennies on the dollar to make your millions,” he said during a press conference.

“F— you, LeBron James. You’re a coward. You’re a spineless coward and you’re a b—-.”

Orange County Register reporter Luca Evans posted the video on X of James walking into USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles with his younger son Bryce and two of Bryce’s Sierra Canyon High School teammates on Sunday. The video showed James entering the arena while the anthem was playing. He was there to watch his son, Bronny, make his debut after a cardiac arrest during the summer.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lebron James looks on during the game between the Long Beach State 49ers and the USC Trojans at Galen Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

X users noticed that James immediately sat in his chair as “The Star-Spangled Banner” blared on the speakers and failed to remove his hat — which is customary to do during the national anthem. He finally stands toward the end of the video.

James was immediately criticized for allegedly having “zero respect” for the U.S. as well as hating the country because he did not stand for the anthem.

As the video got picked up, Evans pushed back on the criticism.

“As the reporter who took this video, this is gross and completely mischaracterizes the situation,” he wrote  on X. “LeBron has done this for YEARS in Bronny’s time at Sierra Canyon. It’s objectively the best time to walk in so he doesn’t cause a massive stir. Stop it.”

Colby Covington, left, called out LeBron James on Wednesday night.

James did not play in Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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