Dear, LeBron James, This Is Not About Race

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Forward LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat pose for photos during media day at the Bank United Center on September 27, 2010 in Miami, 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 Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Before I start, let me say upfront I’m not a LeBron James fan. Not because I don’t think he is a talented player, it’s because of stuff like this.

Prince James (he doesn’t deserve the title King until he wins a few championships) is an egomaniac.

This is a guy who got ESPN to pay him a BUNCH of money so he could sit his behind on national TV to tell us what we already knew: he was going to the Miami Heat.

For him or anyone else for that matter to suggest that this is about race is stupid.

You know what could have been about race? The Kobe Bryant thing because there are STILL people out there who refuse to cheer for the man because they think he raped that woman in Colorado, who happens to be white.

But you never heard Kobe come out and say the media was trying to get him because he was black.

Trust me LeBron, if this thing was about race, the first person to say it was would have been Charles Barkley. Barkley will call someone racist in a heartbeat if he thought that was the case.

No, this is about a dude who thinks he is bigger than the game or the league himself. It wasn’t just white folks who thought this whole thing was stupid and bizarre; it was black people like me and some of my fellow colleagues too.

Hell, even Michael Jordan basically called LeBron out about this and the last time I checked, he was black.

This is about a guy who couldn’t carry his own team to a championship, so he had to join another superstar to do it and the fact is that no one black, white, yellow, red, purple, or green respects him for it.

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