LeBron James-Brett Favre: Whose Image Went From First to Last Fastest?

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LeBron James-Brett Favre: Whose Image Went From First to Last Fastest?
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Ever seen LeBron “King” James do this one dunk in warm-ups?

In the layup line just before opening tip, the players are in full gear.

The arena is three-quarters full—when his amusement value is highest.

The crowd waits in anticipation for a highlight move; sports entertainment at its finest.

Where is his entertainment value now you ask?

He draws high ratings, elicits strong comments, evokes change and performs unlike any player ever. 

Lights, camera, action, I would say.

His controversies involve NBA Hall-of-Famers, entertainers such as Soulja Boy, Jay-Z and current NBA players like DeShawn Stevenson and Kobe Bryant. 

“I don’t know if there [are] any kings,” Rasheed Wallace once said before a matchup with James. “That’s something y’all label him.”

A Pistons reporter made the mistake of calling LeBron “King James” around Sheed.

Wallace was one of James’ fiercest critics before most people jumped on the bandwagon.   

I wonder if Shaq is calling him Queen James like his Lakers days when he called Sacramento Kings “Queens?”

Bet Shaq can’t wait to dunk on LeBron and D-Wade.

Back to the LeBron layup line though.

When the game is close to starting, he throws the basketball behind his back from the free throw line off the glass. He jumps off one leg and throws it down with his right hand. His hand is like a foot over the rim, and the crowd is ohhhing and ahhing over his mad apex.

At the pinnacle of his popularity he endorses Nike, Sprite, Bubblicious, Upper Deck, McDonald’s and State Farm. 

Ranks No. 1 on Forbes top 20 Earners Under-25 list.  Has his own series of commercials “The LeBrons.” 

Hosts the ESPY Awards with Jimmy Kimmel.  Hosts SNL’s season premiere.  Speaks out against human rights abuses and China’s role in Darfur. 

Defiantly attends baseball games in Cleveland wearing Yankees gear.  Is the first black guy to grace Vogue’s cover. 

Third man ever on the cover besides Richard Gere and George Clooney. 

Confiscates CBS video tape of him being dunked on by college ballers.

In 2010, Forbes ranks him as the second most powerful athlete behind Lance Armstrong.

Now according to one popularity poll, James is the sixth most disliked sports personality behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant.

At 18, King James was the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

In his first NBA game, he hit the Sacramento Kings up for 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals.  He shot 60 percent from the floor.

Only Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Tyreke Evans averaged 20 points, five rebounds and five assists or more.

LeBron did it as a rookie like them.

He made the All-Star team every season since, and bagged two NBA MVPs—the latest coming last season.

The response is decidedly phenomenal and mostly positive.

Yet negative media coverage of the former $100 million high school baller increased.

He got a very sharp reaction during the 2010 NBA free agency signing period.

Started to lose cool points in 2009 after he left the game floor without shaking his opponent’s hands.

“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you lose to them, I’m a competitor.  That’s what I do.  If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them,” LeBron reasoned.

Part of the reason congratulations for his hour-long episode to announce his free agency decision were few and far between. The show had high ratings, but the move was widely flushed, yet seen later as brilliant business move. 

“I will be taking my talents to the Miami Heat,” LeBron announced.

Florida went into frenzy.

Turning on their televisions to find out on a national broadcast that they had been jilted, leaders of the Ohio fan revolution hollered "behead the king."

Fans reacted by saying LeBron disrespected the city of Cleveland. 

The honeymoon was officially over when a wedding party was shown on the local news flipping off the Nike “witness” billboard.

It had stood as a monument to some.  To others it was five years that needed to be forgotten.  It was dismantled days after LeBron announced he was joining the Heat.

Local NBA insider Brad Sellers, an African-American, agreed that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter was what Clevelanders felt.

“People want to be represented,” Sellers said on the air. “The people of Cleveland respect Dan Gilbert for that action. God bless LeBron. No way do the people deserve what they got tonight.”

Gilbert’s open letter stated that LeBron’s televised decision was unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of entertainment.

Jesse Jackson accused Gilbert of having a slave owner’s mentality—acting like he owned LeBron.

James later accused criticism of him being along racial lines.

A young black male in Cleveland was shown on WEWS saying he had ripped up LeBron’s poster.  An African-American female wished James luck.

Jerseys burned in Cleveland, for crying out loud.

Reggie Miller, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley piled on.

Jordan took umbrage with the “can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” mentality.

NBA analyst Jon Barry generally feels awful about James leaving Cleveland.  Said he saw more pain than joy on LeBron’s face during the decision episode.

Most NBA insiders wanted LeBron to stay in Cleveland.

LeBron stated that he was remembering everybody who said anything bad about him.

Barkley shot back that James made a “punk move” by going to Miami and partaking in the antics onstage with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Added Chuck: “I’m on television every week.  I’m easy to find.”

Days after recently tweeting about some of the nasty messages he gets, James had to deny he advised Cavs fans to move on.

Gilbert’s unwise and overly sarcastic letter was the patellar reflex rant of a scorned owner whose team is headed to Hades.

Speaking of Hades, is that where Brett Favre is headed?

He has been hit with accusations that he made inappropriate contact with former Jets employee Jenn Sterger in 2009.

Addictions to alcohol and pain killers, Super Bowl champion, warrior after the death of his father, training camp diva and leading passer in NFL history.

All the above apply to Favre.

Who fell from super-duper hero to super-duper hated faster other than the King?

Boos cheese heads greeted him with all three times at Lambeau.

Gave Favre the “boo-boos and the new-news” (original phraseology at its finest).

I thought Saint Nick was back in Philly.

Vikings hero to goat in the playoff loss to New Orleans last season too. 

His teammates begged him to come back this year.  His friends did.

Over-priced and sub-par season, the team is losing money and now this.

Ankles twisted up in slip knots.

Allegations, NFL investigations and jokes about his choice of press conference attire.

Other NFL players who came under league investigation include Adam “Pac Man” Jones, Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger.

Imagine David Stern investigating LeBron James, Ron Artest or Stephen Jackson.

Well, LeBron James.

Committed to winning hostile former fans, LeBron hears them and invites more.

Favre hears, pays no attention. 

The Heat is better than the Cavaliers.

The Packers are better than the Vikings and Aaron Rodgers is the better quarterback.

Cavs beat the Heat shock waves across all 50 states. 

Packers beat the Vikings Sunday night (Oct. 24) not such a big deal.

Little outside the basketball court lines to indict James criminally.

Favre could possibly face criminal charges, or settle out of court.

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Some Favre apologists are still out there like NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci, but even ardent fans have left him.

Terry Bradshaw appears to have turned his love to Sam Bradford.

The greatest Favre apologist is John Madden, but he is enjoying the Madden Cruiser.   

Somebody bag that interview please.

Recent reports from Jay Glazer claim Favre admittedly left messages for Sterger.

He denied sending lewd photos.

Too in next to no time to tell what next be. 

Court of public American opinion: too late for both to save their images?

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