LeBron James had a chance on Sunday to apologize for his childish behavior after the Cleveland star walked off the court following Game 6 without shaking hands with any Orlando Magic players and interrupted an Orlando Magic Dancer routine during a full timeout in the game.
Cited below is what he had to say about excusing himself from the court without the traditional handshake.
James says he sent a congratulatory e-mail to Dwight Howard after the game but defended his action of walking off the court when he states:
It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.
Nice going, LeBron.
You get a chance to show you're a better person than you proved to be on Saturday night, and this comes out.
Michael Jordan was the best competitor and sportsman I've ever watched play basketball, but he never would have done something like this in a series that didn't have any bad blood.
At WORST, had he ever done something like this, he would've forthright apologized somehow, which I DOUBT he'd ever do something like this.
Tiger Woods sat court side and is possibly the most hardcore competitor in sports right now, yet I've seen him lose golf tournaments and congratulate the winner and face the media.
Even Tim Tebow, who came to witness the pivotal game 6, has shown that he can handle losses and adversity with the type of class we expect from our heroes and superstars.
Heck, we expect that from any "Winner.".
It's just sad that we couldn't get that from LeBron, win or lose this should never happen and I feel bad for the parents that sat there with their kids and watched LeBron savagely walk off the court with total disregard for the players who just beat the pants off him.
It was NEVER close besides the opening minutes, so why act this way, LeBron?
Guess he's fueling up some heat for next season when he plays the Magic, or maybe he's just ready to head to NY.
Sorry to say this LeBron but those comparisons to Jordan will always be rebuked by me and after a situation like this, I have no respect for you, even though I used to respect you as a unique player, you proved me wrong, Mr."Winner."