I read a recent article listing the "Top 10 Favorite Sports Stars in America," the results of which weren't exactly astonishing. Not with all the media backlash against LeBron James. Still the more I got to thinking about it the more it actually bothered me.
The list, which was provided by Ethan Skolnick of the Sun Sentinel , showed Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant locked atop the first spot. Tiger, he of the transgressions and Kobe, of the snitching on team mates to police officers.
What is wrong with people? Seriously is America's intelligence and common sense that far gone? These are the two most adored athletes in our country?
One an accused rapist, the other as it turns out has been in more women than tampons during the last few years.
It's a sad day when fans have become so deluded that they see LeBron James (who dropped from third to sixth on the list) and what he did by leaving Cleveland as a worse thing than what either of those two got busted for.
LeBron may be spoiled. He may have left his home state team. But you know what he served his time. He completed his contract and at no time during his professional life have we had a story break of LeBron "making it rain at strip joints" or being caught with some "purple drank" or any other drug.
In all honesty it is amazing how well James and his people have done at avoiding any such drama. Think about it, he had $90 million at the age of 18. How easy would it have been for him to follow the path of so many other star turned pariah athletes?
I would completely understand if Peyton Manning was America's favorite athlete but he was fifth.
So instead America chooses an adulterer and a guy who had to settle out of court to avoid being prosecuted for rape charges. A man who betrayed his family and children. The other a guy that cried his way out of the team that drafted him and then tried to cry his way out of Los Angeles three years ago.
Call me crazy but I think that LeBron should be applauded for the manner in which he has handled all of the criticism arising from his "decision". Instead America prefers a guy linked to performance enhancing substances and one that broke up dynasty because he and the other star were both "egocentric divas".
Throughout this ordeal no matter what anyone has said about him, James has continued to take the high road. He hasn't been consumed with the negative headlines or bothered to fire back. All this shows incredible self awareness, confidence, maturity and class.
Go ahead America keep your skewed values. Keep supporting guys who break laws and use their money in order to get away with mistreating women. Cheer on athletes that do everything possible to hurt their wives and destroy their families.
While you're at it why not just get Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger back in the "Top Ten."
LeBron isn't perfect and Tiger/Kobe can move on from their mistakes. Just seems as if people should keep things in perspective and realize that it is worse, to break the law or cheat than to just switch what team you play for.