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LeBron continues to be a tone-deaf idiot

In an appearance on Wednesday night's edition of "Primetime" on CNNLeBron James replied that he thought race was a factor in the backlash to his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency for the Miami Heat.

"I think so, at times," he told CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien. "It's always, you know, a race factor."

A recent release of Q Scores, a polling system that measures popularity, appeared to support the notion.

Among non-blacks, James' negative Q rating went from 24 percent to 44 after his free-agency announcement. However, among blacks, his negative Q Score slipped just from 14 percent to 15 percent.


This, kids, is a lesson in life.  When you don't venture outside of you inner circle… when you surround yourself with yes-men and lackeys who do nothing but tell you you're the best… you say stupid things like this. 

Because if LeBron had someone, anyone, in his camp that could look at him and just tell him the truth… and IF LeBron could, pardon the line, handle the truth… then he'd realize WHY he's being criticized. 

A true friend… or at least an objective advisor… could tell LeBron that his leaving Cleveland isn't the bulk of the criticism of him.  As Doc Rivers put it yesterday, the guy spent 7 years in a city and it just didn't work out.  It happens in sports and in life.  How many people get divorced in that amount of time?  And while we would all like to see the fairytale of the hometown kid staying with his local team forever and helping them win a title… he's not obligated to do that.  And that's fine.  He earned the right to be a free agent, and he exercised it.

But what LeBron, and the NBA's version of Farnsworth Bentley, Maverick Carter, STILL fail to recognize is the public spectacle equated to not only ripping that sports fairytale to shreds, but it spit in the faces of all those fans who publicly begged him to stay.  They set up a scenario where people begged for something, and he publicly embarrassed them for it. 

And somehow LeBron and his team don't quite get why people are pissed?  It's the exact same formula Vince McMahon used to create one of the greatest wrestling villains of all time.


Oh… what's that?  You desperately want something?  Here, let me drag you up on stage… get your hopes up real high in front of all these people… and then not give it to you.  Now, get out of my sight. 

So here's the message to LeBron and Maverick Carter:  People aren't pissed off at you because of your race.  People are pissed off at you because you're the NBA's version of Ted DiBiase now.  And when you go on TV and even intimate in passing that race might have played a role in what happened… you look even worse… because you're blaming the people who are pissed for being that way. 

Suck it up you idiots and admit that you blew the whole thing.  Don't tell us you raised $3 million for the Boys and Girls clubs because you can probably raise more than that in your sleep by doing a couple of offseason charity events.  Tell the world that you got swept up in the hysteria of it all, you went way overboard and that it was the wrong thing to do, and now all you care about is playing basketball.

Every time you guys open your mouths, you look worse.  Stop blaming everyone but yourselves.  Pay attention to what's happening out there. 

Of course, LeBron will never do that.  He's too insecure to do it.  He needs to be surrounded by people who will tell him how great he is and how he's never wrong.  It's a shame.

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  • Is Lebron the kid in that clip? Maybe that experience motivated him to become a star.
    Great post, John.

  • Atlas Shrugged

    Just what America needs, another conversation about race. So tiresome.
    But LeBron is correct that race was a factor. Perhaps not the overriding factor. Perhaps a small factor. But lets be real, it matters. Lebron’s stupid mistake and some people’s irrational fears are not mutually exclusive.
    Not that he does himself any good by answering the question. He should have deflected.

  • NineSevenEight

    How about you took the opportunity to publicly embarrass a community on international television and then justified it by earning that opportunity as a free agent? Lets call it what it is and reserve the right to use the race card for when it actually applies.
    Is he calling all of his former fans racists for not accepting his public humiliation of them? When they loved him, boosted his ego, worshiped the ground he walked on, funded his life of luxury they were fans. But now that they aren’t, they’re just your average racists.
    So basically what LeBron is telling us is that those that no longer like him are racists.
    Good to know, LeBron.
    P.S. Does that mean LeBron is racist for not accepting being publicly embarrassed after getting dunked on by Jordan Crawford?

  • Danno

    The only racism involved here is that apparently some of the black people polled in this study will anonymously defend LeBron’s childish behavior simply because he’s black, and not because his behavior is worthy of being defended.
    His drop in popularity has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with his own selfish public behavior.
    No one called out Deion Branch for leaving the Patriots after winning the Superbowl simply because he was “black”. In fact, very few people cared, much further than missing his catches the next year.

  • Josh

    I think the national corporate sports does media help to perpetuate nasty racial stereotypes, particularly ones specific to African-Americans, but this seems more like LeBron James passingly agreeing to a vague question. It isn’t–what I’m sure a lot of ignorant, ESPN shill’s will see it as–LeBron James calling anyone who offered criticism a racist. But without question it will be spun that way.

  • NineSevenEight

    Respectfully disagree.
    If he and others have publicly stated that his race had something to do with the negative backlash he’s received from fans, particularly those from Cleveland, how could one not be offended by the suggestion?
    Why can’t it just be about a hometown hero that took his opportunity to leave (rightfully earned) and used it to string along an entire fan base, build up a media shit storm of hype and have it end in tasteless fashion? And to top it off, wrap it up in a pretty bow in the name of charity.
    Why does Lebron need to use a media opportunity to display his charitable deeds? It’s the anonymous donors who deserve the admiration. Not egotistical jerks obsessed with fame and adoration.
    We need to stop making excuses for the Lebrons out there because it’s clear as day that every move is calculated.
    The backlash he has received is due to the fact that Never in the history of sport has an athlete put on such a spectacle to publicly destroy the hearts of those who adored him so much so that he was criticized by the greats of the game who came before him….You know, the ones that have actually led their teams to an LOB.
    He wanted the hype, he got it. Ego has no race.

  • Oh, race is a factor alright. But not from the perspective LBJ is positioned in: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?id=5596310

  • jared

    Honestly, this guy is just grasping at straws.
    The issue of racism was brought up, and he bit.
    Unfortunately, racism is all over the place. Luckily for me, the worlds biggest Lebron hater, it has absolutely nothing to do with why I and basically everyone else dislike the guy.
    So, in other words..Let the Lebron hate continue!