In the Shadows
Earlier this week, LeBron James and his manager came out and said that "Race played a part in the criticism for his decision to take his talents to South Beach." Racism by definition is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
We are talking about the NBA folks; this isn't the days of old when people like Martin Luther King Jr. were trying to make racism a non-issue in America.
LeBron James is trying to make an excuse for all the criticism he has gotten ever since he told us he was taking his talents to South Beach. What he did, was prove that athletes have more power than we actually think. He has become one of the most hated athletes in the world, but not because of race.
When Cleveland Cavalier fans were burning his jersey, it wasn't because he was African American, it was because they felt he betrayed them as a basketball player. If all this was because of race, people would have been making LeBron dolls and lynching them around Cleveland.
As Americans, we do have a sense of tribalism, where we support our own race before other races. It doesn't mean we hate another race, it just means our race is our comfort zone and it's hard to get out of a comfort zone. Look at it this way, it is like a Caucasian driving through the ghetto four deep with a tail light out, or an African American pulling up to a country club "bumpin'" with spinning rims. Those are not situations we are comfortable with, so we stay in our comfort zones.
When everyone heard about an hour-long special for his decision, people were like, why is he getting special treatment. When he said, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach," people were like,"Why didn't he just say he was going to Miami."
The fact of the matter is, LeBron has an ego and he always needs to feed it. Did he raise money for the Boys and Girls Club? Sure. But was that the only reason he had those kids behind him? No. He used them as a scapegoat.
It was a better bailout plan than the one we have from our government.
LeBron knew he would not be liked after his choice and he couldn't help but try and make up some reason for the hatred he is receiving. This isn't something that popped in his head, but something that popped in the heads of his court. If this hatred was based off of race, wouldn't this of popped up right after his decision, instead of roughly a month before the season starts?
LeBron needs the spotlight on him at all times. He knows that whatever he says will be talked about for a while. If he would have stayed in Cleveland or even gone somewhere else other than Miami, we wouldn't be talking about this right now. But, the fact of the matter is, he went to Miami to win, feed his ego, and show the people of the NBA that athletes have powers that we didn't know they had.
This is what LeBron wanted and he got it. He now has to deal with it like a man. Don't bring the public into this; we didn't make the decision, you did.
Back in 2009, LeBron criticized then-Cavs coach, Mike Brown for not playing "Big Z" Zydrunas Ilgauskas in a game, which would have set the record for games played by a Cav. If LeBron cared about winning, he would understand the reason why he didn't start him. The game isn't about records, it's about championships.
Did he pick the right place to go to win a championship? We will see. They have the talent, but the drama issues are already popping up and they aren't going anywhere.
LeBron has been hiding his Dad in the shadows for years and now he is the one hiding in the shadows of his true self: an egotistical athlete who in the end, only cares about himself. LeBron has great talent, but when it comes to people skills, that is yet to be seen.
We don't care that you are African American or Caucasian, we don't like you because of what you did and how you did it. Don't make excuses because you can't handle the criticism now, just like you couldn't handle the criticism in Cleveland.
He thought it was bad in Cleveland, imagine if he doesn't produce the five to seven titles he says they will win. The worst is yet to come LeBron. I hope you are prepared.