Years After Best Friend Spilled King’s Secret, LeBron James Gets Called “LeCheap” by Fans for Absurd Appeal to Elon Musk

Published 04/02/2023, 7:50 AM EDT

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LeBron James seems to have accomplished every accolade there is to achieve in the league. Apart from his multiple NBA championships and individual awards, James has broken multiple records over the years as well. With that much success, ‘The King‘ has been able to accumulate a huge net worth of over a billion dollars. Yet, he was once called cheap by his former teammate, and the Los Angeles Lakers star’s latest Twitter activity can’t help but remind fans of those comments. 

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LeBron James has earned a huge amount of money through his NBA contracts over the years. However, brand endorsements and other business ventures have catapulted him into the billionaire club. James has made sure that he won’t face any financial difficulties after eventually retiring from basketball.

LeBron James doesn’t care about the blue tick


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Twitter has possibly become the most talked about social media platform ever since it was bought by Elon Musk. Among the various changes implemented by the second richest man in the world is his insistence on making users pay for a blue tick, which represents a verified profile. While the older users of the platform who already had it weren’t supposed to pay initially, Musk recently announced that legacy verification marks will be discontinued soon. After this update, James tweeted his displeasure as fans started reminiscing about his former teammate Dwyane Wade‘s comments about his spending habits.

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It seems as if the Los Angeles Lakers star has now made an absurd appeal to the Twitter owner. James tweeted, “Welp guess my blue (tick emoji) will be gone soon cause if you know me I ain’t paying the 5.” Suggesting by his tweet, James has no plans on paying the fee and this doesn’t come as a surprise. 


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Recently, a video resurfaced of LeBron and Wade bursting out in laughter as the four-time NBA champion addressed the ‘cheap’ rumors. As the two converse with former ESPN employee Rachel Nichols, Wade ends up calling James cheap. 

Wade called The King the cheapest player in the NBA. To that, James replied, “That is so so so so false…ly  true.” This made Wade burst out in laughter. “That is so falsely true, that is so falsely true. I’m not turning on data roaming, I’m not buying no apps. I still got Pandora with commercials. I’m not paying for it. I’m not paying.”

Fans troll the billion-dollar-worth King

LeBron James’ most recent tweet may be a way of him urging Elon Musk to not remove his verified blue tick that Twitter users can now pay for to be added to their profiles on the social media app. 

However, fans did not let this opportunity pass to troll the billion-dollar-worth NBA star. One fan commented, “LeCheap.”

While another fan commented, “Lebillion under the mattress.”


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Here are a few more reactions from fans on Instagram.



Meanwhile, James’ tweet drew reactions from various people in the NBA world as well.



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Many fans trolled Bron’s habit of not spending money, while others came to his aid in the comments section. 


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So, it looks like LBJ isn’t going to change his habits anytime soon. What are your thoughts on James’ tweet? Let us know in the comments.



Written by:

Abhishek Dhariwal


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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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Pragya Vashisth




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