Looks like LeBron James has figured out the best way to keep his two sons safe: Don’t let them play football.
In an interview with ESPN, the NBA all-star revealed that he doesn’t let his sons , LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, play football, in light of the health risks associated with the sport
“Only basketball, baseball and soccer are allowed in my house,” James said. “We don’t want them to play in our household right now until they understand how physical and how demanding the game is. Then they can have their choice in high school, we’ll talk over it. But right now there’s no need for it. There’s enough sports they can play. They play basketball, they play soccer, they play everything else but football and hockey.”
Bryce Maximus, 7, plays soccer, among other sports, James stated while adding that 10-year-old LeBron Jr. is beginning to focus on basketball.
As for the specific reason for the football ban, James played the safety card. Prior to ruling the world of basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers player was an all-state wide receiver at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. According to ESPN, James stopped playing football after his junior season because of a broken wrist he suffered in the offseason.
“It’s a safety thing,” he stated. “As a parent you protect your kids as much as possible. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s not allowing his kids to play football, it’s just that I’m LeBron James and it gets put in the headlines for no reason.”
Despite it not working out for him, James is a huge fan of the NFL and college football. So much so that he calls the sport his first love.