LeBron James Compares COVID-19 to Flu, Cold in Meme on Instagram

LeBron James, like many Americans, appears to be frustrated with the current issues around COVID-19. The virus has ripped through the NBA once again as the omicron variant has taken hold, though most players have been either asymptomatic or have had mild cases, according to reports.

On Friday afternoon, the Lakers star shared a variation of the popular “Spider-Man” meme, with the three identical superheroes pointing at each other, labeled as “COVID,” “cold,” and “flu.” 

James is catching plenty of heat for the post. Some think he’s downplaying COVID-19, which has killed over 800,000 Americans, as something as relatively benign as a cold or the flu, while others wonder if he’s commenting on the difficulties presented by the similarities of the symptoms.