Fact check: LeBron James did not threaten to quit the NBA over national anthem – Reuters

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Social media users are circulating a fictitious quote by Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James in which he purportedly tells the National Basketball Association (NBA) that unless it “drops” the national anthem, he will quit. This quote is untrue and originally stems from a satirical site.

March 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Examples of the claim are visible here and here .

The posts appear to show a screenshot of an article headline containing the fictitious quote accompanied by a photograph of James. In the upper left corner of the image is a logo with the letters “ALLODS”. The logo stems from a series of satirical sites including “Bustatroll.org” ( bustatroll.org/ ) and “America’s Last Line of Defense” ( americaslastlineofdefense.com/ ). Both sites are clearly marked as containing humorous and satirical content. The main page of Am

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