Friday, October 1, 2010

Put Down Your Race Card, LeBron

You know what I dislike more than people not taking responsibility for their actions? Because while I can't stand that, what I can't stand even more is when some sort of celebrity or sports star doesn't want to take responsibility for their actions. And what I dislike even more than that is when anyone goes blaming something on race that is so clearly not about race. LeBron James, I'm talking to you.

As you may or may not care to recall, back in July, LeBron James turned making a simple choice into a one hour spectacle on ESPN titled "The Decision" when he announced what team he had chosen to play for next year, as his contract in Cleveland was up. The thing was, he had already decided where he was going to play. He was going to go to Miami and play for the heat along with his buddies Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and, hopefully, win a title. He had orchestrated this whole thing to put himself on what he considers the best possible team which could win a championship. And he did so in a fashion that made him look like a self-important d-bag.

That sort of egocentric behavior didn't go over well with a lot of people. Couldn't he have just announced his choice via a press conference like a regular athlete. Oh, don't give me that crap about him not being "regular". He's a person who plays basketball really, really well. And we all know it. We don't need him to stage some one hour long "special" where he called all of the shots and all of the questions that were asked of him were giant softballs. We didn't need it, but he, apparently did.

Lately, LeBron has been feeling a little bit of the backlash from his decision to not stay in Cleveland. People were not happy that he left and took the only realistic chances that Cleveland has to win a title with him. People are also not happy that he, basically, got together with Wade and Bosh and decided that they should all play on the same team together, instead of against each other. And look, I can see why he did it. What NBA player doesn't want to win a championship? They all do. I get that. But what ever happened to competing against each other in order to prove your greatness in your quest to get that title?

But if LeBron thinks that he felt backlash for "The Decision", he's really going to be surprised when people react to his take on WHY there was a bit of a backlash. Of course, he doesn't think it was because he made a d-bag move with that one hour ESPN special. No, he thinks that the problem that people have with him (wait for it) is because of his race. You may now scream at the top of your lungs.

Race?! RACE?! You think that people don't like what you did because of your RACE?! You, sir, are a complete moron! Do you really think that? Apparently he does. According to
The Huffington Post, James was speaking with CNN's Soledad O'Brien and she mentioned to him that his "...brand and name were "tarnished" because of his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in such a public fashion". I would have thought that the words "in such a public fashion" would have been reason enough for people to not be happy with him, but I guess that Soledad needed to kick it up a notch (because that would have simply been too boring) and continued her inquiry by asking "...if race played a role in the backlash." Good Lord. Well, I guess I hate her, too.

WHY on earth would you jump to that conclusion? Why?! Is it JUST because he's black? It has to be because there's no indication AT ALL that ANYTHING that has come out of his way of handling things has been because of his race. But he heard that and saw the chance to jump on it and he did when he responded, "I think so at times...It's always, you know, a race factor." Go eff yourself. Sir. And don't go eff yourself because you're black. Go eff yourself because you're a freaking moron to make such an idiotic assertion. Screw you.

And that's my reaction. Now let's look at how some of the NBA's legends reacted to "The Decision". Let's start with Michael Jordan who said, "There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team...But that's ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."

Hmmm. OK. We've heard from MJ. How about if we hear from another MJ? That being the great Magic Johnson who said that he would not have done what James did because you don't join your rivals. "
We didn’t think about it because that’s not what we were about...From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”

Maybe LeBron took up the old adage, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Because that's exactly what he did. And you know who else wasn't real happy about it and thought that it was kind of a wussy move? Charles Barkley. And whenever Sir Charles opens his mouth, you know you're going to get an earful of honesty. He said, "
I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should’ve stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade’s team was very disappointing to me … That one-hour special, them jumping around on stage like punks, that wasn’t cool to me. From a basketball standpoint, I wish he had stayed in Cleveland."

OK. So we have Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley chiming in saying that that's not how they would have handled things and that the competition between rivals is very important to them. Hmm. What do Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley all have in common other than having been in the NBA? Oh, that's right! They're BLACK. Do you want to explain that, LeBron? No, he doesn't. Oh, but it's because of race. Of course. Just for that comment alone, LeBron, I hope you never win a championship. And if you don't, go ahead and blame that on race, too. That will draw people back to your side again. Sure.

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1 comment:

Edge said...

Right on the ball with this one, Mare.

What Lebron did and how he did it wasn't about race. It was about one douchebag going to play with two other douchebags (I am a Raptors fan and Chris Bosh leaving hurt us as well, but we didn't get any play in the press since we're in Canada) in order to be considered in the same echelon as guys like Jordan, Magic, and Bird.

Great quote from Bull Durham applies here: "You have a million dollar talent and a five cent head".

That's all I have to say about Lebron.