LeBron James out on Elon Musk’s Twitter verification plan: ‘I ain’t paying’

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you can prepare NBA star LeBron James Among the people who will lose verification on Twitter comes April 1st.

The social media company announced last week that it will “begin terminating our legacy verified software and removing legacy verified checkmarks” on April 1st.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) arrives before the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls on March 29, 2023, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) arrives before the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls on March 29, 2023, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Melissa Tames/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Subscribers can keep them blue check markwhich marks the account as verified, for $7 per month on the annual plan or $8 per month on the monthly plan.

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On Friday, James took to Twitter to announce that he won’t be spending money to keep him verified.

James might still keep his checkmark, if he is Los Angeles Lakers Participation through the Accredited Organizations Program on Twitter.

This program, for a monthly payment of $1,000, offers gold checkmarks and other features to businesses and nonprofits, while governments get gray checkmarks, depending on the company. Affiliates of these organizations can obtain verification through the program as well as for an additional fee per affiliate.

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“The Twitter account of any individual affiliated with a verified organization is automatically verified,” Twitter CEO Elon Musk said in a recent tweet.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a joint event between T-Mobile and SpaceX on August 25, 2022, in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a joint event between T-Mobile and SpaceX on August 25, 2022, in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. (Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)

James recently returned to the court after missing 13 consecutive games due to a tendon injury in his right foot.

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James told reporters that he had considered surgery After the doctors diagnosed him.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls on March 29, 2023, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls on March 29, 2023, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Melissa Tames/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“Because I went to LeBron James of Feet,” he said when asked why he didn’t have surgery. “He told me not to.”

The Lakers are 38-38 and clinging to ninth place in the Western Conference, which would put them in the NBA Championship.

FOX Business’ Aislyn Murphy contributed to this report.

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