Antonio Gates

LeBron’s Wrong …

NFL Players Know What They Sign Up For

12/28/2018 12:30 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE

Antonio Gates disagrees with LeBron James saying NFL owners have a “slave mentality” … ’cause the TE says players know what they sign up for and make a great living doing it.

Of course, LeBron went off on the NFL on his HBO show, “The Shop,” last week, saying, “In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality …”

“And, it’s a little like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f*** I tell y’all to do. Or, we get rid of y’all.'”

When we got Gates out in Bev Hills … he told us he ain’t buying what LBJ’s selling — saying NFL players know what they’re getting into when they ink their contracts.

“I don’t know all the owners — I know my owner. And, my relationship with my owner has been phenomenal. And, it’s sports. You know what I mean? You get paid to play.”

Gates added, “We all know what we sign up for.”

As for the differences between the NBA and the NFL … Antonio says he does hope one day his league can guarantee contracts like LeBron’s — but he still doesn’t see NFL owners having a “slave mentality” at all.

“A lot of us make a really good living, man, being able to support our families at the same time. So, it is what it is.”

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