LeBron James: Why He's NOT Your Child's Role Model In Miami

Andrew J. KearneyCorrespondent IINovember 29, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 13:  Forward LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat falls into the crowd against the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Arena on November 13, 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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When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in favor of the Miami Heat, the basketball world was in awe.  How could the Akron, Ohio native do this to his hometown?  For more fame?  Titles? MONEY!?! 

Well whatever his reasoning, this much is blatantly clear: LeBron James is not your child's role model, just as he said he was. This refers to his Nike commercial where he ripped Cleveland to shreds.  

His betrayal of Cleveland, a town that hasn't had a title in 46 years, is epic.  Art Modell couldn't hold a candle to James in terms of this betrayal. Yeah, you heard that right.  It was always supposed to be LeBron and Cleveland, but he severed that bond this past summer and will now be even more hated than Modell.

In terms of James' no longer being a role model, ask yourselves these questions: (1) Do you want your child to grow up to be a fraud, (2) A backstabbing liar, or (3) How about a money-driven person that can't be loyal?  Well, this is the LeBron James we've come to know over the past few months, and we don't like him anymore. James had the admiration and respect of all before this.  In a pinch, the sports world turned on him, and he now stands as the most hated man in all of sports.

The man that James has turned into is foreign to fans.  It shows how money can change someone.  This can change a lot of things, but not the fact that James is now hated all across the world.

 It also can't change the fact that the "team" element is missing from the Heat.  The Heat, now 9-8, are now thinking of parting with Coach Erik Spoelstra.  What will this change?  There will still be only one ball used for a 48 minute NBA game.

Back to the "King" now.  James has become the most marketable athlete in the world and rightfully so.  While it's still a major part of his image, it has become more difficult or at least should have by now.  How do you promote a lying fraud, which is ultimately the image that James now takes on?  It's not as easy as it was before to make LeBron into a "King" is it?  Well, one way or another, he's not "that guy" anymore.  

While he was always criticized for his lack of clutch play in Cleveland, particularly last year, he was never viewed in this way.  Now, there's no going back on this decision. The Cavs are only 1.5 games behind the Heat and play a better team game.  

Remember this next line when you watch LeBron James play basketball or see him on television ripping his former team apart: LeBron James is many things but one thing's for sure, he's not your child's role model.