Kanye West Denies Insulting LeBron James In Song “Facts”
Kanye West is denying he insulted LeBron James in his new song “Facts,” which disses Nike, claiming instead that the media has distorted his lyrics. At one point in the track, which accuses the sneaker giant of treating its “employees just like slaves,” West raps that Nike “gave LeBron a billi’ not to run away.” But West maintains in a tweet on Friday that he was not “downplaying” the basketball star at all.
As noted, a good part of the newly released song “Facts” attacks Nike, with whom West used to work on his Air Yeezy shoe line before partnering with Adidas in 2013. Among the lyrics are “Nike out here bad, they can’t give [expletive] away.” But Kanye now says he would never insult James, who has a $600 million lifetime endorsement with Nike. He tweeted, “The media tried to make it seem like I was downplaying LeBron on my song FACTS which I would never do, Lebron is fam bottom line.”
For his part, James said he hadn’t heard “Facts” when recently asked about the song. Notwithstanding, the NBA star noted, “I’m going to side with Nike no matter who it is… no matter what the situation is.” James added that Nike is simply “family” to him.