King will not pay for the Twitter crown! Billionaire LeBron James rejects Elon Musk’s $8 fee for a blue flag, which means the Lakers star and NBA scorer will not be checked at all on April 1.
LeBron James doesn’t need a Twitter check to cement his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats…and he does.
The Lakers star revealed on Friday that he will not pay the $8 fee being offered on the social media platform for a blue tick, which means he is now on the verge of losing his verified status.
He wrote on his account: “I suspect my blue tick will soon be gone because if you knew me, I wouldn’t pay the five.”
James incorrectly thought it would cost him five dollars but it’s actually eight — and the feature called “Twitter Blue” is already available to users who are willing to pay for it.
Users who do not sign up for the blue tick will lose their blue checkmarks on Saturday, April 1.
LeBron James said on Friday that he will not pay to be validated on Twitter
It actually costs $8 a month for a blue tick, though James thought it would be $5
But for the 38-year-old James, his Twitter status is just a minor distraction as the Lakers look to make the NBA playoffs.
They are currently ninth in the Western Conference standings and will return later on Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
There are six games left in the Lake District regular season to force a spot in the top eight and keep their season alive.
The Timberwolves finished above the Lakers in the Western Conference, as their 39=38 record narrowly outscored the Lakers at 38–38.
James had a problem with a tendon in his foot and is listed as questionable for the game to be won.
Forbes ranked James’ fortune at $1 billion last June, citing the $385 million in wages he earned and nearly $900 million in his investments.
The latest Twitter overhaul that Elon Musk launched on Saturday — verified users who don’t pay will lose out