LeBron James Exhibited Bad Sportsmanship After Game Six Loss

Chad MintonCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

All athletes are taught from a young age to be good sports and shake the other team's hands, even if you lose.

LeBron must have skipped that part.

Professional athletes are supposed to be role models for young athletes all over the world. What is a young, aspiring LeBron fan suppose to think when he sees his idol storm off the court without shaking anyone's hand after losing?

He's probably going to side with his role model and think it's okay not to shake the winning team's hands.

LeBron's excuse made me laugh even more: "It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I'm a winner," he said. "If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them."

Wow, really?

That seems like bad sportsmanship 101 right there. I saw an interesting point in an ESPN.com forum that said that fighters in the UFC—arguably the fastest growing sport in the world—almost always shake each other's hands after a fight.

LeBron wouldn't fair well in that sport or any other sports where sportsmanship is important. I'm sure LeBron would have been more than happy to shake their hands if he would have been on the winning side.

LeBron couldn't even swallow his pride enough to shake his own Olympic teammate's hand after losing to his team. This shows me that LeBron still has a lot of growing up to do before I start putting him in the same group as Michael Jordan or even Kobe Bryant.

There's no denying that LeBron has probably the most talent the game has ever seen. But LeBron obviously has some maturing to do before he sees his first NBA championship.