“He Hates America” – “Puppet” LeBron James Exposed by Colby Covington in a Fiery Rant by UFC Star

Published 12/28/2023, 4:07 AM EST

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Colby Covington has taken another shot at LeBron James! The UFC star was recently in the news for his comments towards James. According to reports, Covington questioned LeBron James and his actions during the national anthem. The incident occurred when James entered an arena while the anthem was being played and a disrespectful action drew criticism from the UFC fighter. ‘Chaos’ even stated that James should “leave” America!

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In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson on YouTube, Covington further elaborated on his comments in his trademark fashion. He also called James a “puppet” who is “acting” on instructions from someone else! Let’s take a look at what Covington had to say.

LeBron James slammed by Colby Covington for “hating America” 

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During the build-up to UFC 296, Colby Covington criticized LeBron James for sitting during the national anthem. In a press conference, Covington had lashed out at James and stated, “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.”

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And he has kept the same energy during his recent conversation with Tucker Carlson on his YouTube channel. The host asked the UFC star whether he was aware of the gravity of his statements aimed toward James.

He responded by stating, “Yeah, you know, he hates America, the country, they gave him billions of dollars. You know he never stands up for America, and he sits down during the national anthem.” Covington also highlighted that James sitting during the national anthem can be seen as a mockery. Moreover, the UFC welterweight contender also highlighted how particularly offensive his actions were to families who lost members in war.

When questioned if James’ actions were genuine or influenced by external factors, Covington expressed, “You can tell he’s acting on behalf of someone else and he’s bought and paid for by the establishment and pretty much whatever they said, tell him to do, he’s just going to do, he’s a puppet to them.”

The exchange with Carlson reflects the broader societal discussion about the intersection of sports, politics, and patriotism. Differing perspectives on how public figures like LeBron James navigate these realms have enthralled sports fans. Nevertheless, LeBron James isn’t the only one facing criticism as UFC CEO Dana White also slammed Covington’s performance at UFC 296!

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Dana White wasn’t impressed with Covington’s  UFC 296 performance  

Colby Covington, returning after a two-year hiatus, suffered a decisive loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 296. While he claimed that his lackluster performance came as a result of time away from the cage, UFC head honcho, Dana White, refuted his claims. The UFC boss criticized Covington’s decision to wait instead of staying active, emphasizing the sport’s lack of patience for any fighter, regardless of age. He stated, “My take on it is when you’re 35 years old or any age in this sport and you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to wait,’ waiting is never a good idea in this sport,”

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Dismissive of the notion that pressure affected Covington more due to pre-fight controversies, White argued that Edwards capitalized on Covington’s perceived decline. The UFC president’s commentary underscores the dynamism and unpredictability inherent in the world of mixed martial arts. Nevertheless, what do you make of Covington’s statements about the legendary basketball star? Let us know in the comments section below.

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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