LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers to their 17th NBA title this weekend. James, who also won his fourth NBA title, had promised to win the Lakers a title after a 10-year drought. However, James' celebrations at the NBA bubble were not without controversy. Shortly after the Lakers celebrated their win, people accused James of using gang signs while also insulting Gangster Disciples.
LeBron accepting his 4th Finals MVP trophy 🏆 pic.twitter.com/HfclqWfLjh— ESPN (@espn) October 12, 2020
While James was celebrating, some users online saw that as offensive hand gestures. The term "Dropping Rakes" was used, which was said to be disrespectful to the Gangster Disciples. Chicago Rapper King Von also called out the gesture on Twitter. However, his tweet is now taken down. While many were disappointed by the gesture, fans believed it was a coincidence. "Mad disrespectful," one user wrote, adding that James has to stop doing that gesture.
Some gang members even stated that the Lakers star was trolling them. "Dropping a rake" usually means making a sign, and James' sign was seen as disrespectful toward's Chicago's The Gangster Disciples. Users on social media suggested that it was an attempt of proving that he was better than Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, who he is often compared to with reference to the NBA GOAT debate.
DID LEBRON JUST DROP DA RAKES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION LMFAOOOOOOOOOO??? pic.twitter.com/eZ0Sv8kE20— terrible tweeter (@HOLLYWOODBEL) October 12, 2020
Lol hell yeah, Lebron, AD, and Waiters be dropping the rakes hard asf 😂😂😂 https://t.co/kWjEWLbJEw— JayStar (@JayStarBeatz) October 12, 2020
Lebron gotta stop dropping the rakes..... mad disrespectful— Eazy the God (@CHI_Eazy041) October 12, 2020
Lebron done dropped the rakes too many times for me, we on his ass 😭😂— D B A B I I 💮 (@1025Euro) October 12, 2020
Yooooooo lebron dropping rakes 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I think dion taught him that shìt https://t.co/HJXLIZBmLR— PEEDY (@peedy_wytd) October 12, 2020
In 2018, LeBron James denied his $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and entered free agency. After much debate, the four-time NBA champion decided to sign with the Lakers. In July 2018, James agreed to a four-year $153,312,846 contract with the Lakers. While James' first year with the Lakers did not bring the expected results, James promised to bring home the title after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant passed away earlier this year.