Aubrey Huff Blasts LeBron James' Outfit, Is Reminded of When He Wore a Thong

Former MLB star Aubrey Huff's criticism of LeBron James for carrying a purse has backfired on social media, where users have pointed out his own unusual sartorial choices.

Huff took aim at the Los Angeles Lakers star on Sunday, suggesting his outfit set a bad example for young men.

Huff also drew a connection between James' sartorial choices and his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest against racism and social injustice, ignoring the fact most NBA players have taken a knee since the season restarted.

"Young men this is not how a man is supposed to dress," Huff wrote on Twitter, where he juxtaposed two pictures of the four-time MVP wearing a suit and carrying a purse.

"Carrying a purse is not cool. I suppose dressing like this makes it easier to kneel."

Young men this is not how a man is supposed to dress. Carrying a purse is not cool. I suppose dressing like this makes it easier to kneel. #emasculated pic.twitter.com/JK2ifJsWgZ

— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) August 2, 2020

As some users pointed out on Twitter, there is a major irony in Huff criticizing a man for feminine fashion choices, given he famously wore his wife's underwear at one stage of his career.

Others users pointed out Huff had worn his own selection of questionable outfits, ranging from chequered purple trousers with a cream suit to tank tops featuring a silhouette of President Donald Trump.

Wait, Aubrey Huff was literary wearing his wife’s red thong under his baseball uniform but wants to clown LeBron James for his “feminine” fashion choices? Chile, bye pic.twitter.com/0ztYGoTUWT

— abigail spanberger stan (@notcapnamerica) August 3, 2020

This you? pic.twitter.com/F8Q5lt09zs

— abigail spanberger stan (@notcapnamerica) August 2, 2020

LeBron James is secure enough about himself to dress however he wants to dress. Aubrey Huff... clearly a different story.

— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 2, 2020

Young men, ‘‘this is not how a man is supposed to dress. Being a trump supporter and a white supremacist is not cool. I suppose dressing like this makes it easier to kneel. #embarrassing pic.twitter.com/4fm5X6tNcI

— Jamie Schler (@lifesafeast) August 3, 2020

In 2010, with the San Francisco Giants out the postseason picture with 30 games left in the regular season, Huff decided to wear his wife's red thong and boldly proclaimed the Giants would go 20-10 in the remainder of the season.

The Giants did just that, defeating the San Diego Padres on the final game of the season to clinch a playoff berth and then going all the way to the World Series, which they won after beating the Texas Rangers 4-1. The underwear became instantly known as "The Rally Thong" and Huff famously held it aloft during the Giants' Victory Parade in November 2010.

In an interview with The Mercury News three years ago, Huff acknowledged wearing a woman's underwear would not have gone down well in his native Texas.

"I'm pulling out a red rally thong—by the way I'm high as a kite doing that, waving that rally thong around," he said. "I'm a guy from Texas. I get shot for doing stuff like that."

In 2011, Huff told the same publication that Giants fans had started sending him thongs as gift in a bid to reverse the team's poor form. Alas, the trick did not work and the team missed out on the playoffs, before winning a second World Series title in three years the following season.

Huff is not new to expressing controversial opinions on Twitter. Earlier this month, he lambasted Giants players for kneeling during the national anthem ahead of their game against the Oakland Athletics, claiming he was proud not to be invited to the franchise's 10-year celebration of the 2010 World Series title.

"I'm proud to not be invited to the San Francisco Giants 10 year World Series reunion. I'm Pro America," the two-time World Series winner tweeted in response to a clip of players taking a knee.

In February, the Giants confirmed they would not invite Huff to a reunion of their 2010 World Series-winning team, which was originally scheduled for this month, due to offensive comments he made on social media.

In November last year, Huff tweeted a picture of himself holding a shooting target with holes, suggesting he was teaching his kids how to use a gun in the "unlikely event" Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump in the presidential elections.

Two months later, he posted a tweet suggesting kidnapping Iranian women, before subsequently deleting it and claiming it was meant as a joke to illustrate the difficult conditions he perceived Iranian women to be living under.

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first half of the game against the Toronto Raptors at The Arena in the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 1, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Ashley Landis/Pool/Getty