LeBron James Fires Back At Bar Owner Who Banned NBA Games

NBA superstar LeBron James, who has had an up and down week OFF the court, fired back at the owner of a bar located just outside of Cincinnati.

James replied to Jan Linneman, an otherwise unknown bar owner, after Linneman announced that the bar and grille would no longer show NBA games until a certain player is “expelled” for his ongoing opinions on social media.

“We will not air them until Lebron James has been expelled from the NBA,” Linneman said.

“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub.”

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Linnie’s Pub is located in Delhi Township near Cincinnati, a lot closer to the Queen City than Cleveland, the city that James helped win a title for back in June of 2016.

All those good vibes for James in the Cleveland market are more or less history. After the Cavs were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, James took his talents out of Cleveland again and headed west to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers.

Saturday, James gave Linneman a piece of his mind.

Aww Damn!” he wrote on Twitter in a sarcastic post accompanied by a “woozy face” emoji. “I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp”

Linneman is standing firm, stating via MSN.com that basketball players “just need to play the game and that’s it” because “their opinion doesn’t really matter.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. LeFraud LeMoron LeDiva by any other name would still be LeTurdBrain. He reads the first page of three books. He now claims his mind is well trained. Possibly, just do your business on the paper LeTurd, have your armed guards toss it out the door and leave us sane folks alone. What is the difference between crazy people and me? I am not crazy!

  2. Lol…that bar owner got em’.

    Keep digging that hole LeRacist LeBigot LeFruad. Once you are a liability to the oligarchs agenda you’ll see how quickly that forcefield goes away.

    • I’m guessing how it goes down…whatever skeletons LeBron has in his closet (and you know he has them…all those elite level guys have it…that wholesome family image on the outside is always an illusion for who those types really are)…they’ll start coming out because the oligarchs leak them out. That’s how they keep those guys on the agenda line…something to hold over their head for possible extortion in the future when they outlive their usefulness or run their mouths.

  3. LeBrat at his finest once again, he just can’t help himself….this guy has generational God-given talent, been coddled since a young age, branded himself as a “king”, and now feels empowered to comment on any and everything as being “racist”. If America is racist, he wouldn’t have been given the opportunities and path to success, or be making hundreds of millions of dollars…maybe he should go play basketball in Russia, China, or Cuba instead if American is such an awful place for him be in.

  4. LeBron, LeBron, LeBron, I’m surprised that no one in your group of sycophants who control you shared the first rule of celebrity Twitter fights: never punch down. You took the time out of your day to respond to a single small business owner, and it was petty. You gained nothing and the increasing number of people who are finally starting to see you as someone who only cares about LeBron, Inc gain another piece of proof that you are a bully who has no real sincerity.

    I’ll believe LeBron is worthy of my respect off the court when he takes a social stand which gets him a rebuke from Nike, the CCP, Warner Brothers or the NBA and costs him $$.

  5. Did not read one word of this article because I do not care what Lebron has to say; he is a bore and weak. I only comment here to state that if Outkick could somehow NEVER comment about another NBA game or player again, about anything, I would be fine with that. Basketball was my sport for the majority of my life; I still love the game. But the NBA and WNBA specifically can go away, I would not care. OR, maybe offer a premium Outkick membership in which all NBA talk is filtered out. Really, its a waste of time and resources talking about or reporting on the NBA. Might as well talk about the latest advancements in VHS machines or the best cassette tapes to record with; they are old news and irrelevant to me anymore. We can talk College hoops or international ball, that is fine. Just no more NBA or WNBA

    • The sport died many years ago after Kobe, Duncan and Garnett retired. Players are friends and there is no real heated competition. The game itself sucks with its 3 point shooting contest and numerous rule violations. It was my favorite sport to watch in the 80s, but it is now dead to me.

  6. So if we were to flip the switch and post a picture of this player and say “your next” or if our employer did something we didn’t like and we posted a picture of ‘your next’, what would happen? If this player would have sent a letter to the cop with “your next” would that have changed anything? A threat is a threat and in organization that supports such behavior has some degree of complicity with their employees actions. Owners and the commissioner alike are all complicit in allowing this behavior to go unchecked.

  7. For years, there was the “we care” attitude by the NBA which was audience driven but that was before the woke crowd took over the NBA.
    Now, persons like Lebron, Adam Silver, Mark Cuban, Greg Popovich, Steve Kerr and the like still have the “we care” attitude but it is more for the China money to be put in their pockets than the audience.
    My question and I will be considered anti-semtic for asking it.
    Why do Silver, Cuban and Popovich of the Jewish faith and will quickly remind us of the horrific conditions the persons of the Jewish faith suffered in concentration camps in Nazi Germany but will keep in total silence of the concentration camps in China? I guess the answer would be “see above”.

    • I don’t think Popovich is Jewish. And to answer your other question, most American Jews could care less about Israel and what their ancestors had to endure. Most have lived a privileged life, have never experienced the struggle, are sell outs, and vote Democrat. This coming from a Soviet born Jew and what I’ve experienced.

  8. NBA has pretty much screw you fans. The regular is no longer a primary in the league with this “load management” crap. People spend alot to go to these games only to see the superstars not in the lineup due to resting.

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