LeBron James Alienates More Fans By Bringing Racism Into 'The Decision' Backlash

Ryan VirginCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

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In a Primetime Interview on CNN, LeBron James took the discussion of 'The Decision' to another level.

He brought race into the issue.

CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien mentioned that James' brand and name were "tarnished" because of his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in such a public fashion, and asked if race played a role in the backlash.

"I think so at times," James replied. "It's always, you know, a race factor."

-Courtesy Of The Huff Post

That is irresponsible in my eyes. Listen, as a white male I may not have the best grasp for what being discriminated against feels like, but whenever you say that a large portion of your adversaries are "racist," then you run the risk of alienating many of your loving fans.

And that is exactly what he has done.

Alienate those who have stuck with him through the fire, and through the controversy.

You know when people say that you really learn what people are really like when they go through something difficult.

You get a sense for who people are when stress, opposition, and criticism hit home, and I think that everyone who has followed this backlash now realizes that LeBron James isn't the person that we thought he was.

He isn't an evil guy, I still think that he is a nice dude.

But, LeBron has come off as immature, and rather selfish through the decision.

By saying that there was a "race factor" associated with the backlash is like a punch in the face of those Cleveland fans that stuck with you.

And look, there will always be race involved to a very small extent.

It will always be evident.

But by making it public and by making it a big issue, you make it seem like you believe that those that oppose you are racist in general.

And I don't know about you, but that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Look, LeBron, you spent your entire summer tweeting about how you won't forget those that have jumped off of your bandwagon, those that will be rooting against you next season, but what you have completely neglected is the fans that have jumped on your bandwagon.

And you know what, that makes it seem like you are taking them for granted.

What you should have done is take those Miami Heat fans, new or old, embrace them and move forward.

By making comments like this in the media, you make yourself look like you are living in the past.

I don't care who is making what comments and throwing what insults at you, deflect those comments and move forward as a Heat player.

Move on.

LeBron, your stuck in the past and you are making yourself look like a fool.

And I wouldn't be surprised to hear boos in every single arena you play in next season.

Because you deserve it.

The backlash from the decision hasn't been led by a hate for the African-American population in general.

It was opposition towards one African-American's actions and his egotistical approach to changing teams.

That one African-American could have been white, Hispanic, Asian, orange, yellow, teal, or razzmatazz.

I don't care, your actions still would have looked the same in my eyes.

LeBron James, you are really making yourself look stupid and I think it would be best for you to just shut up and move forward.

Your an adult, so lets act like one.

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