"What should I do? Should I admit that I've made mistakes?"
"Should I remind you that I’ve done this before?"
"Should I give you a history lesson?"
"What should I do? Should I tell you how much fun we had?"
"So, this went well. Should I really believe I ruined my legacy?"
"What should I do? Should I tell you I’m a championship chaser, I did it for the money, rings?"
"Should I be who you want me to be?"
"Should I accept my role...as the villain?"
"Should we just clear the decks and start over?"
"What should I do? Should I be who you want me to be?"
The words of the new LeBron James commercial keep echoing in my head.
Never before has a player fallen from the good graces of fans, so far, and so fast, for just changing teams. What is our culture coming to, when a player is hated at this magnitude?
Does he deserved to have his jerseys burned, his banner torn down, and his legacy ruined, for his decision to switch teams?
Tiger Woods cheated on his wife with countless women, which tore apart his marriage, resulting in a divorce. Kobe Bryant cheated on his wife, and was accused of rape.
Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended from the NFL countless times, and was also accused of rape. Michael Vick was involved in a dog-fighting ring, in which he did inhumane things to dogs.
Yet none of these iconic sports figures are hated anywhere near the magnitude in which LeBron James is hated at the moment. They all broke the law, or failed morally, and yet all are applauded on the road to recovery.
James was a free agent who switched teams in the offseason, and yet he is forced to walk this road alone with only a small number of faithful fans.
Should LeBron be punished for his decision?
In his commercial, he asks "Should I really believe I ruined my legacy?"
If the above-mentioned athletes have not ruined their legacy by breaking the law, or failing morally, then why should James be held to a higher standard for switching teams?
LeBron has been fueled by all this hatred, and we are seeing a different side of the king these days.
Many people now think of LeBron as the villain, and have posted hateful tweets on his Twitter account. He has reposted many of these messages, letting the world know that this is what fuels him now.
He said he has been taking mental notes of everyone who was hating on him, and he will use this to his advantage.
LeBron once ruled the city of Cleveland. He put them on the map, gave them good years, brought them an incredible source of income.
How does the city of Cleveland repay him? By burning his jerseys, tearing him down verbally and trying to destroy his legacy.
LeBron has had to walk through this adversity alone, for the most part. It goes to show that it is lonely at the top, and when you are the king, people are going to try to knock you down.
So the next time you go pointing your finger at LeBron, realize that there are plenty of others you should be pointing at first.
I wish James the best in this time of his life. He is my favorite player and will always be, but this season will test him emotionally.
There is a very popular saying, "it's great to be the king," but LeBron has shown us that it is not always great.
With the great title, comes great expectations.
When it's all said and done, LeBron will show us, "it's great to be the king, when the king finally has his ring."
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Paul Ferguson was an intern at Bleacher Report.
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