LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and the Race Card: LeBron Proves He's Thoughtless

Brandon WilliamsCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

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Really, LeBron?

Did you really have to go there?

Was it really necessary to have Maverick Carter, the Flavor Flav to your Chuck D, come out and exclaim with you that "race definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media" while you held said media hostage prior to your Holier Than Thou "decision"?

Bravo, King Nothing. If your aspirations were to further alienate an audience that you’ve spent all summer turning your back from, then let me be among the first to tip my hat at the job you’re doing.

Geez, KN, if you were that creative on the court in Games 5 and 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, perhaps you may have found that holy grail in Cleveland instead of “taking your talents” to South Beach where you reside as a King in name only in the castle that Dwayne Wade rules.

In a CNN interview with James and Carter on Wednesday night, Soledad O'Brien asked whether race played a role in the media's overall negative portrayal of James' move to the Miami Heat.

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

Carter took it a step further, though, asserting that it "definitely played a role," all the while painting his client as an innocent victim.

Sure, race mattered. It does in everything. Always has. Sadly, it always will.

Even in this enlightened age, we still have corners of this nation that still hold anger and resentment that a man of mixed heritage holds the highest office in the land. There is racism on all sides of the color wheel; let’s not be mistaken to believe that whites hold all the cards when it’s time to pull the race one out of the deck.

But for James and Carter to throw it out in this case is a foolish—correction, stupid—attempt at making the masses portray you as the misunderstood, sympathetic, multimillionaire you’re not.

To make matters worse, the lack of specifics that Maverick Flav spewed out only makes you and those around you look uneducated about the true sense of racism and the harsh and tragic realities that have resulted from decades of banal, closed-minded thinkers.

The only colors that mattered in your self-serving job search were green and gold. This was about the amount of long green Benjamins that a franchise and city were willing to shell out in order to have the presence of you (and your growing entourage of lackeys and sycophants) grace their area for the next five to six years in pursuit of the gold basketball you claim is the biggest focus of your professional life.

To have Carter spray the crowd with such a volatile round of verbal ammunition at a time where race relations have far bigger meaning beyond your perceived slight to ego is further indication that, while your athletic talents remain nearly beyond reproach, the maturation of LeBron James has light years to go.

More troubling to me is that it was your mouthpiece that squeezed the trigger instead of you, a man who obviously can sway networks and other media outlets with the same authority you attack the rim. If the issue of racism is really bothering you and how the fans of Cleveland felt after you delivered a WWE-like swerve that would have made Vince McMahon blush with envy, why didn’t you face it head-on?

As an African-American male who has seen and experienced levels of racism that your level of fame and fortune cannot currently reason with, it is a huge disappointment that a man with such influence and suddenly eroding respect would open a door needed for others with more pressing and actual needs in order to escape the rain of the media.

Then again, disappointing the masses is something LeBron James has sadly become the "King" of in the last three-plus months.

In the end, why should we be surprised?