LeBron James finally did it. He returned to his hometown Cavs after “taking his talents to South Beach” and brought the city of Cleveland the pro sports championship they have been suffering without for decades. And he did it by beating one of the best teams in NBA history, the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors.
When LeBron stepped out of that plane after what was probably a raucous and celebratory flight back to Cleveland, his attire wasn’t what you might have expected. Forget the Nike gear, LeBron was wearing a vintage Ultimate Warrior t-shirt. For those unaware, the Ultimate Warrior was one of the most popular pro wrestlers from the 80s and 90s. Even though James is an admitted WWE fan, many people saw the shirt as one final dig towards Steph Curry and the Warriors.
However, LeBron says it wasn’t intentional. According to an interview with Alyson Shontell of Business Insider, the Warrior shirt was purely a coincidence.
“Well, it’s funny because my wife bought [it earlier]. She asked me who my favorite wrestlers of all time were, and I told her Sting, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, and Ric Flair. Those are some of my favorite guys ever from growing up.
“So, one day I get home from practice, and there are these T-shirts laying in my bedroom, and my wife purchased them from a store. I packed them all throughout the playoffs. And the shirt that I had on to come home in, I wore in Vegas, and my teammates sprayed me with Champagne. It got soaking wet, so I had to throw it in the trash, and the only other shirt I had in my bag was my Ultimate Warrior T-shirt….That was the only one because all our bags were underneath the plane. So the only one I had was the Ultimate Warrior T-shirt that was packed in my travel luggage. And that’s what I put on. Everybody thinks it was set up that way, but it really wasn’t. It kind of worked out that way.”
LeBron was also wearing a hat that featuring Kermit the Frog sipping tea, a popular meme for throwing shade at others while still insisting “but that’s none of my business.” So maybe we don’t fully believe his explanation about wearing a shirt that said “Ultimate Warrior” after beating a team named the Warriors in the NBA Finals.