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LeBron James says race was a factor in negative reaction to 'The Decision'

Updated at 14:15 p.m.

LeBron James' image took a hit this summer when he appeared in a prime-time ESPN special -- "The Decision" -- to announce his decision to take his "talents to South Beach."

CNN's Soledad O'Brien asked James in an interview on "Primetime" Wednesday night whether race might have played a role in the negative reaction.

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

James' manager Maverick Carter agreed. "It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure."

James elaborated on his comments after Heat practice Thursday.

``I'm not going to go back on my words,'' James said. ``People are looking too far into it. I said what I had to say and I'll continue to move on.''

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By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 1:47 PM ET
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Comments

I don't think race was a factor, I think it was more narcissism.

Posted by: dcborn61 | September 30, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't you people ever get tired of playing the race card...stop beating that dead horse! WHITEY's not buying it anymore.

Posted by: DCFanatic | September 30, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Crying racism all the time is getting to be like the "boy who cried wolf". Similiarly, only in America can a guy like Albert Hayneworth get paid $31 million and liken himself to a slave.

Posted by: bobilly2 | September 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

as a black man i say this is bull sht! though some of it was the differences in how races do things. Were black people as a whole going to participate in jersey burning and the public outrage mob scene, hell no that's not how we do it. but were there Black people that thought his act awas just as ridiculous, HELL YES! he was stupid and insensitive. here we have a 25 something year old kid about to make $100 million either way he goes and he wants to act like he's really important. Fck Lebron

Posted by: simplewords999 | September 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

lebron, you are such an ass. No one likes you because of your arrogance and your oversized ego; it has absolutely NOTHING to do with race. Didn't think lebron could possibly be more stupid, but I was wrong.

Posted by: Fief1 | September 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

maybe lebron is referencing the reaction and subsequent plummet of his q rating due to a 1 hr special about his choice of employers vs that of white athletes like back to back offseason rape allegation champ ben Rothlisberger, whose profile never took the type of hit that bron's did.
People who think race has nothing to do with it are the real fools. Race has a lot to do with just about everyone's perception on things. Racial "equality" only arrived in the US a little over 40 years ago. it's ok to accept that there's still a way to go in terms of racial equality and tolerance.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

here we have a 25 something year old kid about to make $100 million either way he goes and he wants to act like he's really important. Fck Lebron

Posted by: simplewords999 | September 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse


important enough to get you all riled up more than 2 months after the fact. I can dig why folks from round here just flat out HATE ON (not real hate that's different) Lebron, but be real with yourself, what does he do to you that makes him so bad of a guy?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 30, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

throwing the race card around like an idiot. wilbon must be on bron bron's team of advisors.

Posted by: rev_ollie | September 30, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think it has more to do with him being a highly paid sports star who went for the money elsewhere and people are mad at him for doing the same thing they would do. Some people, emphasis on some, do inject race into it, but likely not most people. Of course LeBron does inject race into it. He is entitled to speak his mind and stand by his opinion. We are entitled to not reward him for being young and immature by not supporting the NBA. College ball is so much better, closer to the game's origins and certainly more competitive. LeBron made a business and personal decision in his best interest. He could have left it at that. His immaturity and youth made him inflame it into a racial issue. Too bad, we get enough of that already.

Posted by: bfjam | September 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

OMG I am so sick and tired of people playing the race card when it is completely inappropriate and unfounded. LeBron James makes $$$$$ and has thousands of white fans who pay big bucks to see him play and who buy his jersey. Gimme a break! He is arrogant and conceited. And I am sick and tired of Soledad O'Brien and CNN. She was foaming at the mouth regarding Professor Gates and the white "racist" police officer incident!! Everything with her and CNN is RACE RACE RACE!!! Black in America, Latino in America, Portugese in America. No wonder CNN ratings are in the toilet. And that is where LeBron will be if he doesn't grow up.

Posted by: forestpark | September 30, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

what a lying evil, a-hole statement: whitey(so-called white man is not buying the race so-called card anymore YOU are the ones who started and codified racism in these lands MORONS and benefited in every way possible from it, you and those like you don't have a gram of truth in your miserable body.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Stuff it, LeGone. Narcissism is not a race.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 30, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

If Larry Bird would've left Boston to play with the Lakers and Magic Johnson, what Boston would've said about Larry Bird? You had the BEST NBA Regular Season Record for '09 and '10 season, Lebron, you decided to leave for a small piece of jewelry.

You're WIMP. I never liked you because of the Wizards rivalry....DeShawn Stevens said it best, YOU'RE OVERRATED!!!!

Posted by: clifton3 | September 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Racism? Really? If LBJ really believes this, then he has lost his mind or is on crack. What a joke.

It's about his narcissistic tendencies, self-indulgence, arrogance, and the fact that fans want their stars to dedicate themselves to the town they're in. Athletes function as default heroes in a world that has so few. So, when you cr** all over the public and your fans the way LBJ did, people are gonna hate on you -- the same way you just hated on them.

Sports is not supposed to be about the player. It's supposed to be about the TEAM. That's why LBJ is a fool who deserves to be booed everywhere except Miami.

Posted by: illiad2 | September 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Racism? Really? If LBJ really believes this, then he has lost his mind or is on crack. What a joke.

It's about his narcissistic tendencies, self-indulgence, arrogance, and the fact that fans want their stars to dedicate themselves to the town they're in. Athletes function as default heroes in a world that has so few. So, when you cr** all over the public and your fans the way LBJ did, people are gonna hate on you -- the same way you just hated on them.

Sports is not supposed to be about the player. It's supposed to be about the TEAM. That's why LBJ is a fool who deserves to be booed everywhere except Miami.

Posted by: illiad2 | September 30, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What a self-centered JERK. Now he thinks that he can excuse his horrific behavior by chalking the reaction to the behavior up to racism!

Posted by: tomd1753 | September 30, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

LeBron is black right? then race was a factor. if he was a white, Narcissist jerk like Big Ben then race is not a factor, si?
simple black/white issue...

Posted by: theFlatman | September 30, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe people hate him because he called himself a king before even playing, he lied to owners that paid him millions, he chokes when it's gametime, he gets 50% more falls called for than against, he can't put a team on his back to win it all and yet when it comes to being the A-dog he backpeddles like a little punk and signs with his Dwade. He punked his fans who gave him everything while he acted like a little baby and lastly his best friends name is MAVERICK?????????

He's a baby and more he speaks the more childish he sounds.

Posted by: jdb70 | September 30, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Mr. James never heard the old saying, "It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

Too bad he doesn't have the maturity, or the PR skills, to realize that he would win over a lot of people just by having the class to admit that he got carried away. Instead, he blames others. Sad...

Posted by: DCSteve1 | September 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't you people ever get tired of playing the race card...stop beating that dead horse! WHITEY's not buying it anymore.

Posted by: DCFanatic | September 30, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse
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Who is "you people?" Take it from Brand Nubians: that's how "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down!"

Posted by: ntlekt | September 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans dont have time to hate on any race other than illegal immigrants. Which I would lump Lebron into that category. F*uck him and everyone else that uses excuses to to hide their short comings.

Posted by: murphyz703 | September 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

F u leberon! i am black and i hate you for your fucin ego. dont say anything about race. you went on tv and killed a cities dream. so you deserve no respect. you could just have said i am moving to miami and that would have been enough. u r an Ass! ask any black about leberon and they all tell you he is an idiot.

Posted by: easym6575 | September 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

James needs his Daddy. Where is Delonte when he needs another shoulder to cry on? Boo hoo James. I feel real sorry for you that the MSM is coming after you. It has nothing to do with your front-running ways and your lack of a real personality.

Posted by: mjwies11 | September 30, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't think race was a factor, I think it was more narcissism.

Posted by: dcborn61
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Ditto. I thougt he was above saying otherwise.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The person who complained about CNN coverage of events and think they only focus on Race, apparently doesn't watch Fox News each night with O'Reillys/ Becks/ Hannitys . Give me a break

Posted by: rayjay1 | September 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

LeBron is well spoken,thoughtfull, and a great ballplayer, yes race plays a factor in almost all aspects of life in this country if you don't believe it then read some of the comments on this blog.We are just a little over 45 years removed from the civil rights act,my dad and his brothers fought in WW2 but came home to bigotry and racism.I live in Atlanta now(moved here because of my wife) came here 4yrs ago and yes they're still enclaves of bigotry here in the old south, now to be sure i've met some beautifull people down here white and black but make no mistake people mostly older whites still cling to the past. I work in the retail industry(high end) and a lot of my clients are white and for the most part they trust me and seek my advice before they make their buying decesions, i've found it easier to deal with people in my age bracket or younger(i'm 59)it's mostly older white men (65+)that i have issues with. I think Lebron should have said no comment although he was telling the truth, it's amazing that at his age he realizes that money really doesn't matter when it comes to race.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

YOU had the BEST NBA Regular Season Record for '09 and '10 season, Lebron, you decided to leave for a small piece of jewelry.

Posted by: clifton3 | September 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse
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You're right. HE did. The rest of the Cavs were just along for the ride, and gave him squat when he couldn't make it happen against constant triple teams (while his teammate is banging his mama and everyone knows but him). Let's be real, he wasn't ever gonna see a ring in Cleveland due to the various dysfunctions in that organization. He made the right move.

However, I wouldn't characterize the majority of negative responses as racism. There's nothing wrong with moving on to a better work environment, but doing it on a hour long special was pretty much a d!ck move. But you can't whine about it after the fact Bron, claim it and be proud.

You singlehandedly made the NBA off-season worth paying attention to, and the NBA should cut you ANOTHER check. Me personally, I thought it was fantastic and loved every minute of the ridiculous spectacle.

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, I never had much respect for LaBron in the first place, but whatever respect I had has just flown out the window.

Posted by: VAtoLA | September 30, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The demonization of LeBron James has reached ridiculous proportions. The same people who were all over his jock from the time he was a high school junior are now apalled that he has a giant ego. Give me a break. He mishandled his departure from Cleveland and participated in a silly, hour long TV show relevant to that departure. Last time I checked, no one forced anyone to watch his special and no one forced ESPN to broadcast it. He didn't hold a press conference to complain about racism. A reporter asked him a question and he answered it. If the notion of racism is so ridiculous and far fetched regarding James' public excoriation for his lack of judgement, why did the reporter ask the question? I don't think racism had very much to do with the reaction to James' offseason moves, but I sure get tired of these holier than thou types who want to flog James all out of proportion to the "crimes" that he committed. And I get tired of all the white people complaining about the race card. Some of you invented the race card, and some of you play it all the time. So spare me your righteous indignation.

Posted by: sonny2 | September 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Brett Favre deals with the same crap every year because he is an egomanical moron who thinks of nobody but himself....just like LeBron James.

So is society against white farmhands from Mississippi??

Lebron is a joke and nothing would be better than a snapped ankle in his first game. Maybe if it's the first Sunday game, him and Favre can take a career ending injury on the same day and we can focus on athletes that love the game instead of these ego-driven dopes.

It's a shame that Lebron is even mentioned in the same breath as Kobe Bryant. Kobe has the rings, Kobe has the drive, and Kobe is a flat out winner. LeBron is just a pampered princess.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | September 30, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I always respected Lebron for having his head screwed on right. He seemed like he acted above his young age. I always spoke highly of him. He turned out to be an a-hole just like most of the overpaid athletes. He's no Michael Jordan, Michael had class. I'll be waiting for Lebrons downfall which by the way will be coming soon.

Posted by: terryb44 | September 30, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Bron Bron...lol Overly sensitive perhaps but no that isn't a race issue. A touch of arrogance and that isn't a race issue either. Princess Bron Bron from Miami. May the rest of the NBA somehow keep you from making the playoffs this year! Go everyone else!! I must say he is going to make the NBA more popular than ever. lol

Posted by: RobMc1 | September 30, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right...and Clinton's race was a factor in how people judged him for the Lewinski thing.

Posted by: dmarritz1 | September 30, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood10, Re: Roethlisberger's reputation never took a hit: what planet are you living on? It took a huge, gigantic, enormous hit -- as it should have. Time to retire the "I'm a victim" song.

Posted by: keithward64 | September 30, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

maybe you should apologize to the sea of white faces that fill your stadium and pay your salary you idiot. I dont blame that moron he is just following obama and the democrats lead.

Posted by: j751 | September 30, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Yep. The same stupidity and arrogance that led him to leave Cleveland the way he did is now making him blame race instead of himself. Is anybody surprised?

Posted by: bronco6778 | September 30, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This sickens and insults me as an NBA fan. I live in a diverse city where race has never been an issue. Hey Lebron, you used to be a fresh faced kid and now you're an arrogant jerk. THAT'S why people hate you, not because you're black. Only in this world could someone be making hundreds of million and be crying racism! If a white guy did this people would feel the EXACT same way.

Posted by: Deesto77 | September 30, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Keep talking Lebron and watch your Q score go even lower. Global icon, my butt.

Posted by: berou | September 30, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Also look how people feel about Mark Maguire now-and again black/white people would have felt the same way because it's his actions that are being judged not his color!

Posted by: Deesto77 | September 30, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Was race the reason why you gave up against boston? Was race the reason why you have not won a ring ?

Posted by: 1caveman | September 30, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I have always hated him because of his war with the Wiz and, I am sure, will hate him more with the Heat. My take though is like of sonny2 "He mishandled his departure from Cleveland and participated in a silly, hour long TV show relevant to that departure. Last time I checked, no one forced anyone to watch his special and no one forced ESPN to broadcast it. He didn't hold a press conference to complain about racism. A reporter asked him a question and he answered it."
This is a man with a certainly less than a functional High School education, coddled and pampered since was 16 and we see it over and over and, while it doesn't excuse his as$hatery, it does make me feel sorry for him. I still hope he never gets a ring though, and is always embarrassed vs. the Wiz.

Posted by: juno77275 | September 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What a scoundrel. The people of Cleveland hate on him because he went on national TV to "take his talents to South Beach." In retrospect, it is obvious he was jerking CLeveland along, and probably did so for months. His playoff performance was uneven and it looked like he was mailing it in - - which he probably was. Granted, James is way too immature to understand how awful his actions were and he has no understanding of why he was received so negatively. Bringing race into it is a canard.

James may just be coming to terms with how much this decision wrecked his legacy. He loses either way: the Heat fall short of a championship, and he is a choking dog; if they win, Wade pulled him over the top, and James will be remembered as a sidekick title grubber, nothing more. Plenty of great athletes do not win championships for one reason or another (Barkley, Marino) and that does not taint their legacy.

Since James is incapable of understanding why the reaction was so negative, he is groping for nonsense, in this case race.

Posted by: haunches | September 30, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

One would think when 53% of Americans voted in a black President, the deck would be tossed with no more race cards to play.

Gee, LeBron, maybe it's your showboating without a championship ring that annoys everyone?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 30, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

LeBron is all bling with no ring.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 30, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

LeBron James is an idiot

Posted by: wellscats | September 30, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Race? In Cleveland, where he's King Effing James? Where white guys would trade with him for a day as The King?

Be a good republican and say it was all money and palm trees.

Posted by: silentjay | September 30, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

LeTravel's beef should be with Maverick Carter for advising him to do "The Decision" show, which was a PR disaster. Can't believe Carter doesn't have any other NBA players as clients :)

Fine with me of course as a Wizards fan I have always hated LeBron. Glad so many others now feel the same...

Posted by: thebone | September 30, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Le Bron needs to learn from Michael Jordan and realize that whites buy tickets and merchandise, too. Further, I'd be willing bet that whites purchase 95+ % of floor seats, box seats, and luxury boxes at NBA venues.

Note to Le Bron, stop imitating Jesse Jackson by playing the race card when racism did not occur. Your inappropriate words simply serve to further desensitize Americans for times when real racism occurs.

Posted by: ross19 | September 30, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I was almost afraid to answer to this post. Now days a person is made to feel like a racist no matter how they react to things. If you're conservative, you are a racist, if you are religious you are racist, a republican you are racist, believe in smaller government, you are a racist, so commenting that I think LeBron and all his supporters are wrong in the handling of his dumping Cleveland, I will be considered a racist. I never disliked LBJ until recently, but I am fed up with him. The commissioner fined Gilbert for his comments, now he should fine LBJ.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 30, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Think more simply: LBJ expertly played a professional basletball game and made a good living in northeast Uh-hiya. But he and his family had to drive 80-100 miles, either to practice, to catch a flight to an "away"-game, to play-in or watch a "home"-game, then drive home. Northeast Uh-hiya is snow-country from autumn, through winter, into early spring--the same time as the NBA-season. If you had a mother, significant-other and a few children, wouldn't you think highly of the improved drive-to-games safety where it never snows? He might even make more coins there: good for him--he's earned it. How many of the "LeBron-is-horrible"-crowd have any rights to an iota of his knowledge and feelings about his own family-life, and their now relatively safe travels to see "Daddy do his thing".

Posted by: marc85 | October 1, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

WHAT?!?

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | October 1, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

The fact that LeBron left town to make his announcement in a made-for-TV shlock-fest, didn't have the courtesy to notify his team in advance and seemed to quit during the playoffs had nothing to do w/ the reaction to his departure. It was the fan's loathing of the black man. Uh huh.

Posted by: randysbailin | October 1, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Typical, predictable, and completely unsurprising reaction. Remember the African-Amercian Mantra:

Anytime Anything negative happens to Any African-American, the Only reason it happens is because of White Racism.

One can only hope that some day, a future generation of African-Americans will somehow learn personal responsibility and teach it to their chidren. Don't hold your breath; eternal victimhood is much easier to pass on.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | October 1, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

I guess it was racism that landed him $100+ contract for playing a game and the highest Q rating in history, oh, no, that is because of his talent. Why, then, is it about race when there is a negative reaction for his making a mistake (arrogant way of approaching his team change, see Kevin Durant for the polar opposite). Is it racism that gets Kevin Durant lauded throughout the media? Where is Wilbon when you need a biased race baiting article? When you take no responsibility for your actions, you do not grow as a person. Maybe he has had so many apologists for his actions throughout his life that he is in fact a 14 year old on an emotional level.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | October 1, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

For someone who sits on the sidelines chewing his finger nails and digging into his nose would be ignorant to believe that if a community embraces and support you that you could let them know you are leaving on national television instead of having a press conference for the people of Cleveland. You would hate you too if you could see outside of that inflated ego of yours. The people of Cleveland put you on a throne, made you their king and you had the nerve to spit in their face, what you expect a dozen roses and a thank you very much card. Negro PLEASE get you head from out of the sand, get your finger out of your nose and be a man for a change. THIS IS NOT A RACE ISSUE IT’S A HIGHLY PAID JOCK WHO’S STRAP IS TIED TO TIGHT AROUND HIS HEAD.

Posted by: geg5100 | October 1, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

For someone who sits on the sidelines chewing his finger nails and digging into his nose would be ignorant to believe that if a community embraces and support you that you could let them know you are leaving on national television instead of having a press conference for the people of Cleveland. You would hate you too if you could see outside of that inflated ego of yours. The people of Cleveland put you on a throne, made you their king and you had the nerve to spit in their face, what you expect a dozen roses and a thank you very much card. Negro PLEASE get you head from out of the sand, get your finger out of your nose and be a man for a change. THIS IS NOT A RACE ISSUE IT’S A HIGHLY PAID JOCK WHO’S STRAP IS TIED TO TIGHT AROUND HIS HEAD.

Posted by: geg5100 | October 1, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, PLAY THE RACE CARD YOU EGOMANIC. AS TO THE "I DID IT FOR THE KIDS",BS, IT WAS A TAX DEDUCTION YOU NEEDED. YOU MUST THINK AMERICA IS STUPID TO BUY YOUR BS.GOD GAVE YOU UNBELEVIABLE PHYSICAL SKILLS; HE JUST FELL SHORT IN YOUR CRANIAL AREA.

Posted by: mikee1940 | October 1, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I think what Lebron has misunderstood about his fans and NBA fans in general is that the reaction that he has received is mostly due to what is perceived as a lack of loyalty on his part. Fans are loyal to a team over a particular player (take note Donovan).

Maybe Lebron's comments are geared towards Dan Gilbert's outrageous outburst in the aftermath of the show.

Either way, we have finally reached a full mercenary approach to all sports. Higher bidder, greener grass, whatever. Loyalty is only fof the fan.

Posted by: karlw171 | October 1, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Its quite possible to be an insufferable pompus, never won anything, backstabbing, cry-baby dolt regardless of your race....This guy is a waste, he will never win a championship....me, me, me....thats all he is about.

Posted by: nowhine | October 1, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I think LeBron might be reaching. The only people who were upset by his decision were loyal fans who felt betrayed. Everyone else was just put off by the tackiness of making a primetime announcement.

Posted by: alc0f7 | October 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

i cant believe that people are still sooo sensitve to racism. it is just as prominent today as it was in the fifties/sixties. the only difference is we sugarcoat everything because of todays laws and social code. at least back in the day people were honest about being prejudice. what was so bad about segregated america? a select group of people didnt like it so we had to change it? most people these days harbor their hatred for fear that they will be fired or labeled a racist or are simply afraid to get their butts' kicked. its the NAACP and BET and black history month and all of these other things that are a major contributing fuel to the racism fire. it is a concrete fact that racism will never go away or even get better until the so called "victims"(many of whom are too young to have ever been personally discriminated upon) stop crying racism every opportunity they get. if you say "black" then your are corrected with "im african american" and vice versa. its a no win situation because blacks hate whites for no other reason than they believe the feeling is mutual. whites are labeled as racist until proven otherwise. i could go on for hours on why every person of every color is to blame for todays prejudicial status but the fact is that it will never get any better during our lifetime so why bother?

Posted by: STEVE4710 | October 1, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Whenever there is "no way out" the race card is always used.

Posted by: boyn4884 | October 1, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The person who complained about CNN coverage of events and think they only focus on Race, apparently doesn't watch Fox News each night with O'Reillys/ Becks/ Hannitys . Give me a break

Posted by: rayjay1 | September 30, 2010 5:19 PM


Thanks rayjay1, now we know who "you people" are.


Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The person who complained about CNN coverage of events and think they only focus on Race, apparently doesn't watch Fox News each night with O'Reillys/ Becks/ Hannitys . Give me a break

Posted by: rayjay1 | September 30, 2010 5:19 PM

Thanks rayjay1, now we finally know who "you people" are.

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Let's be clear, Lebron did not CREATE this. The MEDIA was running articles about where Lebron was going MONTHS before he made his 1hr decision. If anyone is to blame, it's the media. During the NBA finals, and playoffs you continually saw articles online and on the news of "WHERE IS LEBRON GOING", just about EVERY DAY you saw it. How come now we think Lebron created this. Lebron was quiet for months while the MEDIA speculated about the "decision". So if folks want to be mad about some STUPID decision (i mean come on it's really nothing) then blame yourself for creating the decision wind storm MEDIA...

And if people want to burn items because they don't like him, they really need to look inside, because that is HATRED, and most likely some kind of racism. The overall response was not warranted, and it would never be thought of if he were WHITE.

And anyone who actually thinks racism had NOTHING to do with the response is SOOOOO IGNORANT. I bet they think racism does not exist anymore. Well ponder this, black man goes to his home, neighbors call police, black man arrested even though it's his home. Hmmm I guess that must not be racism... Here's another one, black man becomes President, half of America becomes angry and starts burning things and taking up ARMS/GUNS. Crazy folks go to a "TEA PARTY", and say they want to take BACK their country (wait a second did we not have an election? so how are they complaining about takins it back.) Another one, black guy runs, cops shoot him, black man dies, cops get off (sorry that did not happen only once, it was about 100 times!!! When was the last white guy you saw get shot by a black cop? alright then shut up!!!)

Posted by: ReallyThinkAboutIt | October 1, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

This sickens and insults me as an NBA fan. I live in a diverse city where race has never been an issue. Hey Lebron, you used to be a fresh faced kid and now you're an arrogant jerk. THAT'S why people hate you, not because you're black. Only in this world could someone be making hundreds of million and be crying racism! If a white guy did this people would feel the EXACT same way.

Posted by: Deesto77 | September 30, 2010 6:53 PM

Deesto77 will you let us know where this "utopia" exist?

***not a LBJ fan*****

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The hassle about racism covers up the legitimate view that the "decision" was all about ME! The Heat presumably will play with five talented basketball players unless the guards are just two potted plants who watch James, Wade and Bosh (sp?) crash the boards.

Posted by: lifestory | October 1, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

i cant believe that people are still sooo sensitve to racism. it is just as prominent today as it was in the fifties/sixties. the only difference is we sugarcoat everything because of todays laws and social code. at least back in the day people were honest about being prejudice. what was so bad about segregated america? a select group of people didnt like it so we had to change it? most people these days harbor their hatred for fear that they will be fired or labeled a racist or are simply afraid to get their butts' kicked. its the NAACP and BET and black history month and all of these other things that are a major contributing fuel to the racism fire. it is a concrete fact that racism will never go away or even get better until the so called "victims"(many of whom are too young to have ever been personally discriminated upon) stop crying racism every opportunity they get. if you say "black" then your are corrected with "im african american" and vice versa. its a no win situation because blacks hate whites for no other reason than they believe the feeling is mutual. whites are labeled as racist until proven otherwise. ("i could go on for hours on why every person of every color is to blame for todays prejudicial status") but the fact is that it will never get any better during our lifetime so why bother?

Posted by: STEVE4710

And this person probably thought that they were offering some enlighting perspective. Just read your post and that will explain why it won't get better during our lifetime.

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

One would think when 53% of Americans voted in a black President, the deck would be tossed with no more race cards to play.

Gee, LeBron, maybe it's your showboating without a championship ring that annoys everyone?


Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 30, 2010 8:42 PM


While you are throwing around statistics did you do any research to find out what percentage of the 47% of Americans didn't vote for Obama simply because he was black? Just don't toss out that deck yet.

****not a LBJ fan*****

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

++++While you are throwing around statistics did you do any research to find out what percentage of the 47% of Americans didn't vote for Obama simply because he was black? Just don't toss out that deck yet.++++

And how many of the 53% voted for Obama ONLY because he was black.

There are racists on both sides, but amazing how some people refuse to recognize that.

Hey Pampered Princess (LeBron), try reading a few history books. Check out what Jackie Robinson went through, or any athlete from the 50's and 60's. They weren't paid MILLIONS of dollars and they dealt with real racism. You are hated (just like Brett Favre) for being an egomaniacal tool.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | October 1, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey Lebron
You are not only egostical and arrogant now you are offically STUPID!! Maybe SOME White people voiced their opinion of your free agency stunt because you are black, but what about the BLACK people who felt the same way about the way you handled the situation? You made it all about you and it was classless the way you left. You knew you wasnt going back to Cleveland from the jump, so instead of just manning up and saying that months before you made an "EVENT" over something so routine...that my fool is why people was /is PO'd at you! OBTW, you're not even the best player in the league!! Hopefully you'll NEVER win anything anywhere.

Posted by: usc932000 | October 1, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

LeBron is black? I didn't know that.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 1, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

See why I say an athlete should not give interviews? He was asked a question, he answered honestly and he's getting clobbered for it.

You can read throughout this entire post site and see for yourself that Race plays a part in most everything. A shooting in SE? Racists comments...Obama gets derogatory mentions even when he's not the topic, Black athlete gets in trouble? He's a 'Thug' and so on. Pix of 2 Black people trying to survive Katrina: Looters...2 white people, Victims.

Who plays the race card more than bigoted white people? How about basing an entire system of Government and Business Practices on killing, enslavement, human rights violations, lynchings, burnings, bombings, Jim Crow laws denying services and access to healthcare and education, being written into law as being 3/5ths a human being, cheating and otherwise marginalizing people of color, so much so that LAWS have to be made to protect them.

We are the hypocrites cause we do it from the safety and relative anonymity of our keyboards...

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 1, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

++++While you are throwing around statistics did you do any research to find out what percentage of the 47% of Americans didn't vote for Obama simply because he was black? Just don't toss out that deck yet.++++

And how many of the 53% voted for Obama ONLY because he was black.

There are racists on both sides, but amazing how some people refuse to recognize that.

Hey Pampered Princess (LeBron), try reading a few history books. Check out what Jackie Robinson went through, or any athlete from the 50's and 60's. They weren't paid MILLIONS of dollars and they dealt with real racism. You are hated (just like Brett Favre) for being an egomaniacal tool.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach

....and ask those people who where there back in the 50's and 60's that experienced what Jackie Robinson went through and yes they probably will tell you that they voted for Obama because he was black but it had nothing to do with being a racist but instead about "pride". You will never understand and I don't expect you to.

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Next he will be more hated than Kobe. Lebron just answered a simple question, now mofo's are freaking out.
I loved reading this take: http://www.lowpostnews.com/heat/the-amazing-race-card/

Posted by: nay99 | October 1, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@no_turning_back, you have nothing positive to say on the subject either so until you offer some insight or opinion thats relevant to what this post has turned into, stay off the boards. you are speaking from tall tales you have heard or read somewhere and dircting nonsense to the board to make yourself feel important and thats clear. your no better than lebron.

Posted by: STEVE4710 | October 1, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@STEVE4710 Show me a post that has been positive. When "you people" start painting everyone with a broad brush then I am going to respond and yes being a black man gives me insight and makes my opinion relevant whether you like it or not. So you are barking up the wrong tree and who are you to tell someone to stay off the boards....oh I guess it's white privilege. Not here and not with me.

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

As someone who was born and raised to be a Cleveland sports fan (and subsequently, to not have much hope for my teams), I find his remarks to be completely ridiculous and offensive. When I heard about this, my first thought was "Is he really that ignorant?"

I watched every minute of the Cavs/Celtics series this year. We could have easily toppled them. They aren't that great. But he straight up stopped playing in Game 4. If you watch the clips, you can see him standing around with his hands on his hips, looking at the clock with annoyance and, oh yeah, not playing the game. He gave up because he is arrogant, immature and narcissistic. "Oh, never mind the fact that I owe EVERY OUNCE of my success to this city, this team and these people. I'm too good for this."

As if that bit of humiliation wasn't bad enough, he had to go on national television and do it all over again. He lost a lot of respect because he turned his back on everyone who ever helped him out. Not only that, but the fact that he still thinks he's "The King" is a slap in the face. He was given all those nicknames because for a minute it looked like he may finally help redeem a city by winning them their first championship in sports since 1964. He didn't do that. He quit. He doesn't deserve to be called anything but a sell-out.

In short, Mr. James, we don't hate you because you're black. We hate you because you betrayed and humiliated everyone who put you where you are today multiple times. We hate you because you are a narcissistic jerk with delusions of grandeur and you copped out to go party with Dwade instead of finishing the job you were recruited for. Mr. James, as your friend Jay-Z would say, "It's 2010, not 1864." Race has nothing to do with it. It's all about your personality and the fact that you're not a nice person. Get over yourself.

Posted by: devinettesinthedark | October 1, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was Mexican.

Posted by: tristesse27 | October 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

One would think when 53% of Americans voted in a black President, the deck would be tossed with no more race cards to play.
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in your dreams...

Posted by: shejoy | October 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@ no_turning_back, i knew you would show your true colors if i just pushed a little bit. thank you for proving me right little guinea piglet. you should be proud. you should receive your reparations in the mail within the next 7-10 business days(figured i should live up to the expectations of being a right wing white supremacist that you make me out to be)

Posted by: STEVE4710 | October 1, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You are not only egostical and arrogant now you are offically STUPID!! Maybe SOME White people voiced their opinion of your free agency stunt because you are black, but what about the BLACK people who felt the same way about the way you handled the situation? You made it all about you and it was classless the way you left. You knew you wasnt going back to Cleveland from the jump, so instead of just manning up and saying that months before you made an "EVENT" over something so routine...that my fool is why people was /is PO'd at you! OBTW, you're not even the best player in the league!! Hopefully you'll NEVER win anything anywhere.

___________________________________________

Let the record reflect that race played a very significant part in the reaction, because the american public is ready to accept millionaire black athletes, but they must be subservient to a billionaire overlord and they are not comfortable with these guys making their own choices. Would anyone care to explain what was the difference between the decision show and a press conference where he made his announcement and got grilled by questions for an hour by various reporters. The media was not comfortable with his giving exclusivity to one new organization and does not want this to become the norm, so they ripped the show before it was even aired. The Tiger Woods press conference drew similar ratings and lasted a similar duration of time except that it was covered by ESPN, CNN, FOX News and a couple of the networks, the media was uncomfortable with the exclusivity that he provided ESPN and they ripped it from the beginning. Listen to the Vitriol that is being spit tells you that the racial element is present. The majority of the audience that went to see Josepine Baker was white, but that does not mean that they liked her. Ask Bill Russell about how throngs of people can come and see you perform and yet fundamentally not like you. You got people on this blog extolling the virtues of Kobe Bryant who was accused of rape and paid the woman often off to get out of it, and yet they hate a man, who gives to charity, empowers childhood friends, carries himself in a professional manner off the court and they say it is because they wanted him to give a press conference and be grilled by reporters, rather than announce it on his own terms and give money to charity. Is this what his crime is. If I believe, I believe that these tea party people who show up with pictures of Barak Obama with a bone through his nose before he was even sworn, and it only about the deficit. When it was the man that they supported, Bush, that ran up the deficit. I was an athlete and I have never heard pundits, critics, and former players criticize a player for not being selfish enough to win it on his own. Unselfishness has always been laudible and now he must selfishly try to win championships on his own, this is how far they go to rip him they go against the principle of team sports.

Posted by: impartial1 | October 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@impartial1: Let the record reflect that race played a very significant part in the reaction, because the american public is ready to accept millionaire black athletes, but they must be subservient to a billionaire overlord and they are not comfortable with these guys making their own choices.

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I can assure you as a Cavs fan that really had nothing to do with it at all.

Posted by: devinettesinthedark | October 1, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

++++While you are throwing around statistics did you do any research to find out what percentage of the 47% of Americans didn't vote for Obama simply because he was black? Just don't toss out that deck yet.++++

And how many of the 53% voted for Obama ONLY because he was black.

There are racists on both sides, but amazing how some people refuse to recognize that.

Hey Pampered Princess (LeBron), try reading a few history books. Check out what Jackie Robinson went through, or any athlete from the 50's and 60's. They weren't paid MILLIONS of dollars and they dealt with real racism. You are hated (just like Brett Favre) for being an egomaniacal tool.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach

....and ask those people who where there back in the 50's and 60's that experienced what Jackie Robinson went through and yes they probably will tell you that they voted for Obama because he was black but it had nothing to do with being a racist but instead about "pride". You will never understand and I don't expect you to.

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse


So now YOU'RE the one being prejudicial. You are saying the ONLY people that voted for Obama strictly because he's black is people who lived in the 50's and 60's?!?!

If you believe that, you will never understand and you will never be intelligent enough to.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | October 1, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@RobInVaBeach where in my post did I say that the ONLY people that voted for Obama strickly because he is black are (not "is" and who is intelligent? sure not you) people who lived in the 50' and 60's. If you gonna suggest that someone read a few history books then you should know something about those people. BTW I am from one of those generations so I kind of have a little experience to give my opinion so I do "understand" so you are excused.

@STEVE4710 you've done an excellent job at exposing yourself as "being a right wing white supremacist", you didn't need my help.

Have a good day!

Posted by: no_turning_back | October 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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