“We Need More of This in America” – LeBron James Grilled by Colby Covington and Countrymen After Lakers Star Benches Himself During National Anthem

Published 12/14/2023, 6:47 AM EST

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Colby Covington stole the spotlight on the media day for UFC 296. The MAGA-loving American fighter didn’t just diss his rival, Leon Edwards, he also unleashed his verbal barrage at NBA player LeBron James. Wearing a white suit with Donald Trump’s face painted at the back of it in the American flag’s colors, ‘Chaos’ was as confident as ever. But why did he target ‘King James’?

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Well, the fighter believes LeBron James disrespected the United States National Anthem. As per available footage, the NBA player was entering the arena where USC was about to play and the anthem was going on. James was spotted sitting down instead of standing and this rubbed Covington the wrong way. When a reporter asked ‘Chaos’ his thoughts about it, the ‘Raw American steel twisted s*x appeal’ fighter didn’t hesitate one bit.

Colby Covington calls out LeBron James: “Come deal with me”


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LBJ was present at his son Bronny’s debut with the USC Trojans men’s basketball team. Bronny had sustained a sudden cardiac arrest in July. However, he returned and had a good stat line off the bench: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. But it was LBJ who caused a sit after he casually walked in and took a seat while the national anthem was going on.

So when given the opportunity, Colby Covington dished out his thoughts. “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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“F*** you LeBron James. You’re a coward. You’re a spineless coward, and you’re a b*tch,” said Covington.

It’s not just the UFC welterweight who was angry. James faced a lot of backlash online. The reporter, Luca Evans, who works for ‘Orange County Register,’ originally shot that video. He took to Twitter (now X) to write that the backlash was misrepresenting the situation. He shared that LeBron James mostly walks in during the national anthem for Bronny’s games so that he doesn’t cause a massive stir.

However, people had their own opinions about the situation and they shared it online.

Fans react to Covington’s statement against LeBron James

Many Twitter users agreed with Colby Covington’s statement. But UFC fans know this isn’t the first time the fighter has targeted James. He has been doing so since 2019.

The welterweight’s video attracted a lot of Trump supporters. After all, Colby Covington has stated several times he identifies with Trump’s values and even called him one of the greatest presidents.

Additionally, he also claimed Trump would be in the building during his fight against Leon Edwards.

While the fighter has his own critics, many agreed with his opinions about James. Colby Covington has always disagreed with the NBA player’s social and political views. However, it doesn’t seem like he has responded to Covington.

Back in September 2020, after beating Tyron Woodley, Covington thanked all the first responders and the military for keeping Americans safe. At the same time, he took a dig at “woke athletes”. “I’m sick of these woke athletes and spineless cowards like LeBron James,” he said.

Surely, Covington isn’t a fan of LeBron James. Many Twitter users agreed with the UFC athlete’s opinions.


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All said and done, Covington will be focusing on snatching the title from Leon Edwards. UFC 296 will take place on December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


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Do you think ‘Chaos’ will be successful this time? Let us know in the comments below.

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Suryakant Das


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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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Abhishek Kumar Das




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