Last week on Twitter, LeBron James decided to share with us little people some of the negative tweets he gets from his haters. I guess he figured that way we could understand how hard it is to be LeBron James.
He called it “Hater Day.”
One of the tweets he chose to share was flat-out racist. Certainly that’s troubling, but frankly, it’s not all that surprising. There are a lot of racist, bigoted and overall terrible people in this world. Those people are going to say horrible things regardless of whether LeBron is doing well or not. No matter what LeBron does, he definitely doesn’t deserve to be the victim of that sort of hatred.
But it wasn’t just a racist tweet he shared. No, apparently there are other people out there who just don’t like him.
So, why did he want to expose the world to his haters?
“I just want you guys to see it also,” James said after the Heat’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “To see what type of words that are said toward me and towards us as professional athletes. Everybody thinks it is a bed of roses and it’s not.”
Are you freaking kidding me? “Everybody thinks it is a bed of roses?” How stupid do you think we are? Maybe the better question is: how stupid are you to think that we are that stupid?
Of course, being ridiculously famous has some downsides. We know that. Everybody knows that. Maybe the seven-year-old boy wearing your jersey doesn’t understand it, but most adults do. Hell, I think most of us figured that out a long time ago.
You’re a public figure. Some people are going to like you and some people aren’t. And both of those types of people are going to tell you about it when given the opportunity. And since you have a Twitter account, which you use to promote yourself, your name and your brand, you are giving people the opportunity to direct both positive and negative comments in your direction.
Most of us already know that when you’re famous, you’re under a microscope. When everyone knows who you are, you’re going to be picked apart on every little thing you do. That’s why it’s so important to do the right thing, make good decisions.
That’s why anyone in their right mind wouldn’t have chosen “The Decision” as a way to announce that they were leaving the Cavs to go to the Heat. (I will refrain from listing all the reasons why that was an obviously bad idea as there has been plenty written on that already.)
But you chose to do it that way. You chose to make your announcement in a way that hasn’t been done in the history of free agency. Naturally, that angered some people in Cleveland and around the country.
Despite that, you still have a lot of fans. You still make a ton of money and play a game for a living.
I’d say you have a pretty good life. No, I’d say you have a great life.
Do you work hard to help make that life great? I’m sure you do. But the fact that you do foolish things to make some people in your own, awesome life dislike you, isn’t going to garner any sympathy from yours truly. And the fact that you feel the need to post these negative, and in some cases hurtful and racist, tweets makes us “normal” people resent you.
So no, Bron Bron. I don’t feel bad for you. There are a lot of problems in this world. Some of them are really big and some are really small. I’m going to worry about the small ones before I spend my time tossing and turning over the fact that some people aren’t crazy about King James.
Because in the real world, we have real problems. We watch sports to take our minds off of those problems, even if it’s just for a few hours.
You’ve chosen to play this game and you are incredibly good at it. You’ve chosen to make millions and millions of dollars. You have chosen to be in the limelight. You have chosen your lifestyle. And you have sure as hell chosen to make some stupid decisions lately.
Please don’t choose to make us feel bad for you.
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