Before I get into my analysis of the Lebron James interview on CNN, I want to give Lebron some credit. Reporter leeches went up to Lebron on Thursday to get some sort of retraction for his comments, and James didn't back down.
His response; "I'm not going to go back on my words. People are looking too far into it. I said what I had to say and I'll continue to move on.''
No excuses, no he misquoted himself lameness, Lebron stuck with his words as he should have. He sat down for an interview and said what he believes. No apologies needed. Just because his beliefs and his interview once again prove he's a clueless egomaniac doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to express himself as he wishes. Oh, I just wrote something bad about him. It must be because of race.
I want to put where the race quote comes from in context to the interview aired on CNN. Both Lebron and Maverick Carter were in this piece. Here is the transcript including the race quote:
O'BRIEN (voice-over): According to industry insiders, James and Carter have done just fine, striking multi-million dollar deals with State Farm, Nike and McDonalds. But those deals were overshadowed by this summer's decision and negative headlines which seemed to tarnish LeBron James, the athlete, and the brand.
CARTER: It's just about control and not doing it the way it's always been done or not looking the way that it always looks.
O'BRIEN (on camera): Do you think there's a role that race plays in this.
JAMES: I think so at times. It's always, you know, a race factor.
CARTER: It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure.
The question from Soledad was a pretty hefty leap from Carter's answer. Carter's answer may be race based if you read deeply into it. It's more of a crybaby I want to do it my way fit. After all, the event did take place on ESPN, you know, the biggest sports media outlet in the world. Fighting the establishment while broadcasting on the establishment is not radical.
Lebron's answer isn't controversial as much as it is confusing. Race plays a role at times, since it is always a factor. I guess. Being a black superstar in America, I will guess and say that race does play more of a factor that we may perceive. I just don't buy that is always a factor. Lebron's teammates didn't quit on him in game 6 against Boston because he was black. They quit on him because he quit on them in game 5, most of his teammates being black men.
The answer which should be more controversial is Carter's answer right below, where the stuff coming out of the media surely had a race factor. You know, accusations like Lebron being on a vicious ego trip for "The Decision" and wanted all sorts of attention while showing zero class. Racists accusations for sure. Racist thoughts like Lebron quitting on his team, a thought pretty much expressed by Charles Barkley right after the game. Race driven commentary like Lebron hasn't won a title. Gold Medal in 2008, thank you. MVP is a title.
O'BRIEN (voice-over): LeBron James and Maverick Carter say what does bother them is that lost amid the controversy is the fact that "The Decision" TV program raised $3 million for Boys & Girls Club of America.
CARTER: We own the advertising time. We went out and sold it to brands and we took every dime and donated it to charity.
FRANK SANCHEZ, V.P., BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA: LeBron was using a significant moment in time to benefit young people. And a lot of people can take those opportunities and make it about them. He really was -- his goal was to make it about kids and make it about giving opportunities for kids.
Frank Sanchez acted like a prostitute. He sold his organization out during an event all about Lebron and the kids were being used to cover up Lebron's pomposity. Granted, $3 million will help kids (not in Cleveland), but none of the event was about the kids. None of the kids talked. Jim Gray wasn't replaced by 6 year old Ethan (although he could have been). To think these 3 guys believe that they should be honored for taking a dump on a struggling city while announcing that Lebron is going to hang out with the Situation on South Beach is lunacy. Sanchez, could that be Hispanic? Ignore the last rant, because all of it has to be based on race.
The interview continues to my favorite part, where Lebron turns into a Mel Gibson character (sadly not the hysterical one who says that you should just smile and do what a trumpet might say).
O'BRIEN: LeBron tweeted, I will remember those of you who said this and did this. What's that mean?
CARTER: That means the fuel that he'll be playing with will be super duper duper premium. He usually plays with super premium. This year, that's a little higher grade of fuel.
Come key playoff games, that tank is usually empty, so even 93 octane won't help. Please remember me Lebron, I'm the one who said you should have stuck your king in Cleveland on a map during the decision. I pointed out that your 3 bad games in 7 years quote failed to put into context that those 3 games were 3 of the most important ones of your career.
Race is always a factor, so my criticism must be super duper duper racist, like those rims in game 5 or in game 6 against Orlando or those racist Celtics. Sadly my racism will not be on display when Lebron visits Phoenix, because I am protesting a cheap owner. What race is the owner? Who cares, he stinks! The point Lebron and Carter missed out on is that it's not all about race. It's all about Lebron. Or else!