LeBron James: Why King James Should Just Own Up To the Petty Tweets

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2011

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LeBron James just can’t get out of his own way.

The two-time MVP had a controversial summer where he left Cleveland to join up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

He took his talents to South Beach and left the franchise that he called home for his entire NBA career on national television.

The backlash was swift and brutal. Everyone criticized the decision and the way it was handled. No one handled it worse than Dan Gilbert, who wrote out an angry screed in a childish font that united Cavaliers fans and drew some criticism along with a fine from the league.

It was two nights ago when LeBron decided it was time to kick Cleveland when it was down. The Cavaliers were getting pounded into the hardwood by the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that finished with a final score of 112-57, the worst loss in franchise history.

James took to his Twitter feed and posted, "Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"

It was obvious that LeBron was talking about the Cavaliers, and more specifically Gilbert.

When asked about the tweet, James didn’t even have the guts to own up to it.

"It's just how I was feeling at the time," James said to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. "It wasn't even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out. It wasn't toward that team. It definitely wasn't a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would've played better."

Really, LeBron? No, seriously—really?

Anyone who could put two and two together could see that James had directed it at Cleveland. It’s even more appalling that he would try to tell people that he doesn’t know what a re-tweet is, even though he’s been on Twitter since this summer.

As if the tweet and his denial weren’t bad enough, it got worse. LeBron said that karma is something “I’ve kinda always used my whole life."

If you haven’t started laughing yet, feel free to do so now.

He has a lot of nerve to say that he believes in karma after what happened this summer. However, last night, he found out the hard way what that word really means.

The Miami Heat came into last night’s contest against the Los Angeles Clippers riding a 13-game winning streak on the road, and it was promptly snapped in a 111-105 defeat in which LeBron injured his ankle.

In fact, it was so swollen that he couldn’t get his foot inside of his designer shoe, according to Windhorst on Twitter.

Doesn’t that just break your heart?

Since LeBron has no concept of karma, let me break it down for him.

Think back to your time in Cleveland for just a second before you run your mouth yet again.

Try to remember how the team, and more specifically Dan Gilbert, bent over backwards to make you happy.

They gave your friends jobs within the organization and let them on the team plane. The Cavs let you spend extra time in cities during road trips so you could party with your buddies.

Not only that, but on the court, they did everything possible to get you help to win a championship while trying to cover up that you were a prima donna coach killer behind the scenes.

The Cavaliers did all of that for you, and last summer you repaid them by cutting off communications with Gilbert and then didn’t even inform him of your decision until you told the world you were taking your talents to South Beach.

Yet somehow you believe in karma.

For someone who said he was embracing his role as a villain, you certainly don’t have the spine to admit to your behavior.

Remember LeBron, like you (and it was you) said on Twitter, God watches everything.

If there is any justice, LeBron will learn a humbling lesson about karma—and maybe it started last night.


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