The national anthem at this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game set off anything but a patriotic reaction from NBA star LeBron James.
The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward seemed to be trying to stifle his laughter during the national anthem when he was seen on camera at the NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland on Sunday.
Granted, Macy Gray’s NBA All-Star performance raised many eyebrows and James was not the only one to react to her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” delivered with an accompanying guitarist.
Cameras caught James appearing to be holding back his amusement during Gray’s delivery at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
LeBron trying to stop himself from laughing 💀 pic.twitter.com/9OjVSXTNDY
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 21, 2022
Gray, a Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and native of Canton, Ohio, became a top subject of comments on Twitter as soon as her performance was over. Other on-camera reactions were also shared, like those of actor Bill Murray and former NFL player Ahmad Rashad.
— ChrisCONVRDIST (@CConardist) February 21, 2022
Many were reminded of Fergie’s infamous performance ahead of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game and commented on James’ reaction to Gray’s anthem rendition.
Some were not happy about James and called him out while defending Gray.
Macy did an amazing job….Lebron’s an idiot. And so are most of yall. This is her style….that’s her voice. This younger generation just don’t know. Macy Gray is a legend and has a very unique sound. This was wayyyyyy better than the performances of the psst in All Star games.
— QingKadyn (@kadyn_d22) February 21, 2022
Why the hell Lebron laughing?? Macy sounds good
— 🖤 (@Krystalclassic) February 21, 2022
lebron is actually very weird for laughing at macy gray during the national anthem. that has been her tone forever, so what was funny? #NBAAllStar
— k. (@yoncescarter) February 21, 2022
Lebron James is supposed to protect black women. He shouldn’t been an adult and kept a straight face while Macy Gray was performing. People felt comfortable to laugh at her style of singing because the camera cut to Lebron holding in his laughter smh
— That Annalise Bitch (@ddivasays) February 21, 2022
But, for the most part, many Twitter users got a kick out of James’ reaction.
Lebron holding in a laugh listening to Macy Gray sing is the best part of the BHM. #NBAAllStar
— Kahlief Adams (@KahliefAdams) February 21, 2022
Lebron couldn’t hold it in laughing at Macy Gray 😂 pic.twitter.com/YeouxPpuwy
— NaronStradomus (@theTNShow) February 21, 2022
LeBron James just became the new Draymond Green meme with that smile during Macy Gray’s national anthem.
— DeAntae Prince (@DeAntae) February 21, 2022
LeBron Was seriously trying to Holding back some big laughter 🤣🤣
Dear Macy Gray is u drunk🤣
— THENUMBERMAN (@AKBAFF) February 21, 2022
— 757qtpie (@SisofHumor) February 21, 2022
Love Lebron’s reaction to Macy Gray singing or being randomly shown on the humongotron, whatever that was 😂😂
— Vann “Just take that L” Pugh (@themadlineman) February 21, 2022
LMFAOOOOOOO Lebron laughing at Macy Gray #NBAAllStar
— 🌱🪴•• Kyle Lowry Stan Account. (@simplytee03) February 21, 2022
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