Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) welcomed LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers in the weirdest way possible.

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Devin Nunes doesn’t understand the joy of LeBron James joining the Lakers

His welcoming tweet to LeBron James was... weird.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jul 3, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 12:02 pm CDT

Don’t count Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) among the millions of Los Angeles Lakers fans who were happy that NBA superstar LeBron James would be joining the team next season.

Nunes, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and seemingly at the center of almost all of the right-wing conspiracy theories, reacted to the news that the best basketball player in the country would be joining the Lakers by warning him about his own state’s high taxes.

“LOL! Prepare to pay the highest taxes you ever have in your career!! You should have held out for more just to afford the Moonbeam weather tax!!!” the California Republican wrote on Twitter, quote-retweeting the California Democratic Party’s tweet welcoming James to the Lakers.


It’s not likely at James, who signed a $154 million four-year deal with the Lakers on Sunday, had California state taxes on his mind when he chose to join the Lakers.

In fact, as For The Win points out, James already owns two houses in California, making him keenly aware of the taxes in California.

Perhaps not shockingly, Nunes’ tweet was quickly mocked.

Given the reaction to Nunes’ tweet, maybe instead of sports he should stick to his comfort zone—fanning conservative conspiracy theories about intelligence agencies.


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*First Published: Jul 3, 2018, 8:20 am CDT