Published On: Thu, Oct 7th, 2010

Was Race A Factor in “The Decision”?

By: Pedro Heizer

LeBron James and his business partner, Maverick Carter, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race a was a factor in the backlash he received after announcing that he was “taking his talents to south beach.”

“Do you think there’s a role that race plays in this?” asked O’Brien, “I think so, at times. It’s always, you know, a race factor,” replied James.

LeBron, this is probably one of the dumbest comments you have made throughout this entire ordeal. Listen, let’s get one thing straight: I like LeBron James, but he has been making some pretty bad decisions since joining the HEAT on July 9.

To say that his race is the reason that people are burning his jerseys, cursing him everywhere he goes, and making him the sixth most hated athlete in America is pretty silly and immature. It seems to me like a last resort response to all the people who are questioning him.

People don’t hate him because he’s black; people hate him because he humiliated the city of Cleveland, the entire state of Ohio, and let the drama explode at the last possible second; he just had to do a one-hour special to announce that he didn’t want to be on a losing team, and that he was joining the HEAT? Why couldn’t he just make an announcement on twitter, and then have a quick interview on ESPN like Wade and Bosh? Nothing majestic: just fast and to the point.

LeBron will try to tell us that he did a great thing because he raised money for the Boys & Girls Club; but in reality he could have just given that money to them instead of indulging in a one-hour special about himself.

Hey, I’m completely cool with his decision to join Miami. No problem. I just don’t like the way it was handled. Here’s what I think, LeBron: fire all these so-called friends, posses, or whatever you would like to call them, and hire real P.R. people. Hire people who are qualified to give you real advice that won’t make you look like a fool.  You are too good of a player to have the bad public image you having right now.

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