LeBron James On CNN: “It’s Always A Race Factor”
In an interview Wednesday night with CNN, LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter said they believe race was a factor in the backlash they received over “The Decision,” televised by ESPN.
“I think so at times. It’s always a race factor,” LeBron said as part of a segment that focused largely on Carter.
“It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written,” Carter said.
Racism rears it’s ugly head constantly in today’s sports culture. It’s an epidemic in Soccer leagues around the world, and recently the Australian Basketball League ran a commercial deemed incredibly offensive by several of it’s black players…..
Latrell Sprewell will be eternally vilified for his “feed my family” comments, while Andrew Bogut can come out talk about the welfare system, other athlete’s “bling” and essentially support a television ad that not only offended blacks in America, but several of his countrymen without much flak.
There is a huge difference in the media’s coverage of black athletes versus white athletes(see Vick/Roethlisberger), while black people and media have been accused of “protecting” it’s athletes. Click on the link to get up on game.
Both Carter and James will be ostracized, criticized and demonized for playing what is widely considered the “Race card” regarding the situation. Several LeBron detractors have already brought up to the fact that black athletes like Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen have spoken out against LeBron, his new team and the way the Decision was handled.
The so-called race-card has diminished in value over the past decade, since small progress has been made by blacks as a whole, especially in America. For some reason, large numbers of people and the media think that because Barack Obama is President of the United States, racism has been purged from our society overnight.
In LeBron’s case, the numbers beg to differ.
According to a recent poll, among non-blacks, LeBron’s negative Q rating went from 24 percent to 44 after the Decision. Among blacks, LeBron’s positive Q rating among dropped from 52 percent in January to 39 — but his negative Q rating barely changed, going from 14 percent to 15.
I am certain that a majority of the LeBron haters around the world, don’t hate LeBron based on racial bias. I can’t say the napalm dropped on James in the media is entirely racially motivated either. There is something to be said for overt displays of humility nowadays, just ask Kevin Durant.
I do think Maverick Carter was referencing Dan Gilbert’s scathing letter to LeBron, the day after James announced that he was taking his talents to South Beach. Whether you or I think the letter or things written about LeBron were racist in nature is irrelevant, but if James and Carter felt so those feelings should be respected.
I struggle to comprehend why LeBron or Maverick Carter are universally disdained, and have not found a reason that makes any sense. Some have said the Decision show, others have called James a narcissist, several have called him disloyal, while certain scribes point out that he is a spoiled man-child that throws a fit when he doesn’t get his way.
The show may have been a little much, but it did make 3 million dollars for the Boys and Girls Club of America, something that inexplicably gets overlooked. I don’t consider him a narcissist like A-Rod or Kobe, and if he’s a spoiled brat so what? So are the other 400+ players in that league called the NBA.
Disloyal? Are you kidding me?
Loyalty is not apart of this business, because true love and loyalty as I know it, is to love and support someone — even if they leave you for another. When the ish hit the fan, guess what? They burned, spit and defecated on LeBron jerseys.
For seven years he gave his heart, body and soul to a franchise that hadn’t been relevant on the basketball landscape since Jordan’s game-winner over Ehlo sent them home crying. James single-handily doubled the worth of that organization, took them to the 2007 NBA Finals and infused tens of millions of dollars into that city’s economy over the past 7 years.
Lebron deserves a key to that city.
The fact is LeBron has no arrests. No problems with drug or substance abuse. He’s never been accused of rape…multiple times. Doesn’t have a gambling problem. Not a drunk driver. Never killed dogs or people. Doesn’t hit women. Not selfish on the basketball floor. Took less money to join the Heat. Loves his mama and his kids. And gives back to charity as well as help re-build his community.
Sounds like a pretty good guy to me, so why does everyone hate him again?