So here’s something you probably never thought anyone would ask, “Does LeBron James let his kids drink wine?” During a recent interview, James told reporters that his 14- and 11-year-old sons do, in fact, drink wine—with mom and dad. The internet had some thoughts about his confession—because of course it did.

Okay, okay, before any parent-shaming begins, first let’s put James’ statement in context. When asked about what pop culture he has picked up on from his younger Los Angeles Lakers teammates, James admitted that his teen and tween sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, are into the same types of things.

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James followed up by adding, “I’ve got very mature 14- and 11-year-olds. My 14- and 11-year-olds drink wine.” When a reporter questioned him, asking, “Really?” James joked, “Yeah that’s how mature they are. They’ll be driving next week.”

The obvious driving joke left fans wondering if James was also joking about the wine thing, too. But then again, when the reporter asked James if his kiddos had a preference for white or red, James replied. “Whatever dad or mom is having. Put it on me though, don’t put it on mom. Put it on dad, put it on dad.”

Here’s what Twitter had to say.

While the legal drinking age in America is 21, this isn’t the worldwide norm. The U.S. Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) is recommended by a number of expert organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Prevention Council and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But in the United Kingdom, the magic minimum age is 18, and in Italy it’s 16, where it’s very much culturally accepted for children under this age to have a few sips—with their parents.

Hmm. Maybe James is just taking a cue from parents across the pond?

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: LeBron James via Instagram

 

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