NBA All-Star Lebron James isn’t a professional baseball player, but that didn’t stop him from voicing his concern about the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
Ever since the news broke publicly about the Houston Astros cheating scandal, the Astros franchise has received heavy backlash. Some of the backlash has also been targeted at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
Those in the baseball world do not feel Manfred punishment for the Astros organization was enough. Both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch of the Astros were fired by the organization.
MLB, suspended Luhnow and Hinch for the 2020 season without pay, and also stripped the Astros of four high draft picks, plus a $5 million dollar fine.
Some have voiced their opinions, and have gone as far as saying to strip the Astros from their 2017 World Series championship. But, for the first time, a sports figure that isn’t related to the sport of baseball has come forward with his own thoughts on the matter.
According to NBA player Lebron James, MLB commissioner not only has an obligation to stand firm on the consequences for the sport of baseball, but for sports in general.
King James via his official twitter voiced his thoughts on Monday (February 18). “Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate!”
Stating that it is all in Manfred’s hands, Lebron says this isn’t just for the sport of baseball, “You need to fix this for the sake of Sports!”