LeBron James, NBA world react to fly on Mike Pence’s head during debate
A fly spent an inordinately agonizing amount of time atop Mike Pence’s head during Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential debate, and the NBA world took to Twitter and had some fun with the awkward spectacle of it all.
In a scene stranger than fiction, Pence was utterly unaware that the insect had set up shop on his scalp.
#Fly2020 begins to trend in the U.S. after a fly lands on Pence's head during the #VPDebate pic.twitter.com/6jty6dRrBg— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) October 8, 2020
How long did the fly make itself at home on Pence’s head? An amazing two minutes.
Total time a fly sat on Mike Pence's head: two minutes pic.twitter.com/PtI0rKSi5I— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 8, 2020
Perhaps to no surprise, social media blew up in reaction to what transpired. The NBA world in particular, including Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, had jokes.
Even LeBron James chimed in on the fly on Mike Pence’s head pic.twitter.com/fmOx0aYj3U— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 8, 2020
Shoutout to the fly.— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) October 8, 2020
Naw yo get the fly out his hair— Brad Wanamaker (@phillybul_22) October 8, 2020
That a fly on Pence's head??— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) October 8, 2020
Mane he got to feel that fly on his head….— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) October 8, 2020
The fly— Michael Carter-Willi (@mcarterwilliams) October 8, 2020
Son got a fly on his head— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) October 8, 2020
Is that a fly???— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) October 8, 2020
That fly was big chilling— Royce O'Neale (@BucketsONeale00) October 8, 2020
I know I’m not trippin
A whole fly tho— Jerian Grant (@JerianGrant) October 8, 2020
pic.twitter.com/9vRGkEV1Za— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) October 8, 2020
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — a longtime and outspoken critic of the Donald Trump administration — could not help but feel a little bad for Pence.
Forever more this debate will be known as “The Fly Debate “. I feel bad for Pence— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 8, 2020
There of course has been no shortage of antagonism between the NBA and the Trump administration over the past several years — and the animosity only ramped up as the league resumed play in the Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Fla. — so the notion that players would gleefully react to such an embarrassing sight is understandable.
What’s more, James presumably represents a majority of NBA players in that he’s fully supportive of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket ahead of Nov. 3, so how the league as a whole reacted to the Pence-fly spectacle hardly comes as a surprise.