Jay-Z Wraps Up LeBron-Phil Jackson Beef With ‘Posse’ Reference At SI Sportsman Of The Year Ceremony

Jay-Z Wraps Up LeBron-Phil Jackson Beef With ‘Posse’ Reference At SI Sportsman Of The Year Ceremony
  • Jake O'Donnell

Phil Jackson has yet to fully atone for the interview that ticked off LeBron James — ya know, the one with the racially charged language about Bron’s inner circle. At this point, it’d be silly to expect a full apology from him ever. Phil’s made it clear that he considers the words he used to describe Maverick Carter & Co. two weeks ago weren’t meant to mean what some people took it to mean; that is, they weren’t meant to be mean.

Here’s a refresher…

“When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now [coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text [Pat] Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers: ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”

In case you’ve been living under a rock, LeBron didn’t take kindly to the term “posse,” which has come to be old white guy-speak for the group of no-good black kids who ruin their once bucolic suburban neighborhood. GET YER BIKES OFF MY LAWN AND GET YER DAMN POSSE OUTTA HERE! However, LeBron may have also had issue with Jackson’s assertion that he caused the collapse of the Miami Heat dynasty because he “likes special treatment” and “needs things his way,” but the posse thing seemed to hit extra hard.

Monday night, Jay-Z delivered this saga what one can only hope is this saga’s death blow while presenting James with Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award.

“We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from. The only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity, and we’ve witnessed their development. And if we’re to look up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they’re just hanging out.”

You see what he did there? Ok. Funny. Fuck Phil Jackson. We get it. So can we get get passed posse-gate now and move onto more pressing matters…like the fact that Jay-Z appears to be exactly one-fifth the size of LeBron James?

Seriously, what the hell is this?

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Jake O'Donnell

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