I know that in the media, many times, athletes say things they do not mean in order to be politically correct.
It makes sense to a certain degree, as you do not want to show disrespect in case you ever want to come back, or hurt someone in general. After all, all our mothers taught us (well, except for mine) that if you do not have something nice to say, do not say it.
So why am I angry at the recent attempt of LeBron James to appease his fanbase in Ohio? Well, let us examine the facts.
LeBron James decided where he will go in an hour-long interview with ESPN instead of telling a team face to face. Furthermore, considering the reaction of the Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert, he did not even have the decency to tell Cleveland that he was leaving.
Allegedly though, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and King James had planned this for years.
Dan Gilbert was so furious he told LeBron that he will make sure the Cavaliers win a championship before the self-proclaimed King. He said he feels betrayed. Cavaliers fans were also very angry as they burned their jerseys in the streets in anger.
So, it came as a huge surprise that James bought a full page newspaper ad to thank the fans of Akron, Ohio.
Now, considering the fans and owner's reactions, why would this mend any issues?
This is just another slap in the face—just imagine your wife saying "I divorced you because I cheated on you, and I'm sorry." Yes, the sorry must be truly heartfelt.
Also, remember, this is how Roy Halladay thanked the Toronto Blue Jays faithful. It makes me feel sick as Halladay was a class act all the way, whereas James was not.
He did an hour-long interview and colluded with Wade and Bosh to go to Miami. I know people do things to be politically correct, but at least have the decency to be honest when you have already done everything wrong.
After all, if you aren't, nobody is going to believe you, and even if you are, nobody is going to believe you.
Nowadays, we have so many players that are genuinely kind and honest, that when we see a player like LeBron, we instantly get suspicious. After all, he has never shown much kindness in the past, so why would he just feel he had to thank the fans. He never really thanked them much before.
To be fair, this could be because of people like Tom Brady. They have been so honest and so kind that we think the only way to be kind is the way they are. After all, it is possible, after King James moved to Miami, that he truly appreciated the loyalty of the Ohio fans.
You don't miss something until it is gone.
However, with the way James has treated the Cavaliers fans, I really find it difficult to believe his thanks come from the heart.
He is making fun of the fans by thanking them instead of apologizing for his rude departure through ESPN. This shows that he is just pretending to be classy.