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    Rick Reilly says enough - I say "PLEASE" - contest entry

    ESPN’s journalist Rick Reilly wrote a commentary this morning about LeBron James and how it was time to stop the hate. That enough was enough already – I say, “PLEASE”.

    The entire article was posted here: http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/8011587/lebron-being-lebron

    For those that wish not to pull up the link, I’ll summarize it for you. The first part of the story reads as follows:
    This whole We Hate LeBron thing reminds me of a story.

    A woman is in front of an apartment house that's engulfed in flames. She's screaming, "Help! Help! My baby's in there!"

    A man sprints up and says, "Which floor?"

    "Tenth!" she screams. "In the back!"

    He rips off his coat and goes running in. Five minutes later, he's back, coughing, choking, and handing the woman the baby.

    She looks at the man with a frown and sniffs, "He had a hat."

    That's life for LeBron James.

    Anything short of an NBA title makes James a useless wad of pre-chewed pork gristle in your eyes.

    Whatever he does -- three MVPs in nine seasons -- it's never enough. You hate him -- still! -- for the way he botched the announcement of his free-agent move from Cleveland to Miami.

    Forget that hundreds of people move from Cleveland to Miami every year.

    Forget that dozens of NBA players change teams every year.

    It was only one mistake. Has he showed up in any police reports since? Has he cheated on his fiancée ? Has he left his children stranded in the pick-up circle at school?

    I usually agree with some of his commentary, but I disagree with this one. People don’t hate or judge LeBron because of “one mistake”. He is judged by the magnitude of the mistake. He brought his girlfriend (who was expecting a proposal) to national TV and broke up with her in the most public way possible. If people hated LeBron because of a costly turnover (or something that might have occurred during a game when he was giving his best effort), that would be different, but I think people generally look at the ramifications of what he did. Chris Webber made “one mistake” and people didn’t hate him for it.

    Reilly closed his article by saying that LeBron is the kind of player who is loved by his teammates and suggests that THAT is the type of player that you want your kids to have as a hero. I don’t think most people would deny how great of a player LeBron is. No matter how much people hate him, it’s hard to argue against the three MVPs that he has or how good of a teammate he is. In my opinion, the hate is more than one mistake, to which Rick alludes, but the entire makeup of LeBron. Yes, he dissed the entire state of Ohio. He also refused to shake an opponent’s hand after a playoff loss, claiming that he’s a competitor. I’m sorry, but I don’t recall Jordan (or Bird or Magic) EVER refusing to shake an opposing player’s hand when they lost and they were as competitive, if not more, than LeBron).
    When you start looking at some of these things collectively, then you find yourself saying, “is this the kind of guy who I want my kids to emulate?” I think it goes beyond “one mistake” and I think it goes beyond his analogy of “where’s the hat?”

    Yes, he made a mistake (more than one, in my mind). However, fans love to forgive when players make mistakes. People look at Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds as guys who have made mistakes. Fans look at these guys and really spout venom at them. These mistakes are mistakes that may keep them out of the HOF. Andy Pettite made the same mistake, but he said he was sorry, and the people forgave him. McGwire made a mistake and people looked at him differently. When he stepped forward and apologized, people forgave him, even cheering him when he came back. In my mind, this is what’s wrong with the LeBron generation. He is a great player, but he gives the impression that it’s not so much about team, but it’s about him. When he didn’t pull the Cleveland Cavalier management aside and tell them that he was changing teams, he showed that he was only thinking about himself. When he refused to congratulate the other team after the playoff loss, he shouted, “I’m a competitor” as the reason instead of, “I gave it my best, but the other team played better”, and he ultimately made the loss about how competitive he was. I’m of the opinion that this is why people hate him or don’t relate to him. It has nothing to do with “forgetting the hat”. We live in the “me” generation.

    I cannot cite all of the good things that LeBron does away from the court. When LeBron starts showing the public something besides great stats and allows us to see more and more of being a good person, then I (and others) will give him his props. Until then, consider me not a fan (but I’m willing to change my mind down the road).

    Signed,

    A basketball fan who doesn’t live in Cleveland and doesn’t root for the Cavalier.
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    He is judged by the magnitude of the mistake. He brought his girlfriend (who was expecting a proposal) to national TV and broke up with her in the most public way possible.

    when did he do this??????? i call bs!
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    Asimile...

    Before you get all up in arms , I'm not talking about actual girlfriend/wfie, I was equating his breakup with the Cavaliers to someone doing that to their girlfriend on national TV. Sorry for the confusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetg1 View Post
    Asimile...

    Before you get all up in arms , I'm not talking about actual girlfriend/wfie, I was equating his breakup with the Cavaliers to someone doing that to their girlfriend on national TV. Sorry for the confusion.
    yeah he went about it the wrong way...also ur knock on him not shaking hands...did you rando/KG run away from the court after the series, especially RONDO leaving with almost 1 min still on the gameclock...now that's unclassy ...stop hating, and dont be a hypocrite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1duckscollector View Post
    yeah he went about it the wrong way...also ur knock on him not shaking hands...did you rando/KG run away from the court after the series, especially RONDO leaving with almost 1 min still on the gameclock...now that's unclassy ...stop hating, and dont be a hypocrite.
    I'm sorry, but how am I being a hypocrite? I think anyone who does that is weak. Right or wrong, it's just my opinion. Rick Reilly's comments were about LeBron James, not anyone else, so I responded in kind with my own opinion and why I thought that way. I'm not judging his talent, which everyone knows is off the charts. I also said that if he showed me something else besides his selfishness, I was willing to change my mind.

    Since I am not a profesional writer, I may not have been clear in my thoughts or opinion. If that's the case, then my apologies. So someone please enlighten me and explain to me my hypocrisy. What am I missing here?
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