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Hey Lebron: Do you REALLY believe it’s your color…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 2, 2010

… or are you, in retrospect, simply so embarrassed how you handled the transition to the Miami Heat?

Lebron James Blaming Race Color

This week Lebron James played the race card as to the decline in his popularity and criticism on the manner in which he moved to the Miami Heat.

Jason Whitlock penned a great article on Foxsports.com titled “Point the finger at yourself, Lebron“.  From the article:

With his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic one-hour TV exit – The Decision – LeBron James ruined his public image, not racism. LeBron inflicted more damage to his image Wednesday night when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race is a factor in the public backlash against him since The Decision.

Lebron, just between us, do you really believe it’s race? Come on. Really. Tell me. It’s just between you and me.

When I watched the beginning of The Decision, it brought back memories of Rocky’s Apollo Creed coming into the room in an Uncle Sam costume.

I cannot know what it’s like to be a person of color in America. I cannot know what it’s like to be a multi-millionare at age 23.  I cannot know what it feels like to have people kissing my butt since I was a little kid because I was going to be a world class athlete.

I can give you a bit of advice from John Q Public.

People are smarter than you think. Do not underestimate them.  (Example:) Nobody fell for The Decision being a fundraiser for The Boys and Girls Club. We all know it was about you.

You can’t fight the press. And with the number of microphones being stuck in your face, you are bound to make some errors.

Take ownership. Take a step back.  Hire a top public relations firm.  You should worry about playing basketball.

With his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic one-hour TV exit – The Decision – LeBron James ruined his public image, not racism. LeBron inflicted more damage to his image Wednesday night when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race is a factor in the public backlash against him since The Decision.With his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic one-hour TV exit – The Decision – LeBron James ruined his public image, not racism. LeBron inflicted more damage to his image Wednesday night when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race is a factor in the public backlash against him since The Decision.
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Mets’ Willie Randolph – Don’t play the race card; Just WIN!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 25, 2008

Willie – I am a Yankee fan. No matter what happens today and going forward, we will love youWille Randolph NY Mets manager as a Yankee. Team player. Solid citizen. Good person. We would also welcome you back to Yankee Stadium.

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Just like in a court case, when something is said, even if the judge overrules the statement, it is heard…. And it’s too late.

When an individual is stressed, drunk, cocky, or in a too-relaxed state, their “true feelings” are expressed. Restraint is gone. Inhibitions disappear.

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This week, The Record of Hackensack, N.J. reported , Randolph brought up race when he questioned the way he has been presented by SNY, the team’s TV network.Willie Randolph Yankee second baseman

“Is it racial?” Randolph was quoted in the story. “Huh? It smells a little bit. … I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but I think there’s something there.”

Willie did apologize the next day but it’s too late. You played the race card. It’s understandable. NY is a pressure-packed place. The media tries to lead you down certain paths.

But once it is out there, it is hard to forget. And unfortunately, it can create a permanent blemish or worse.

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Here are examples of a few people who played or discussed race and disappeared from the sports scene. (Willie did NOT say anything as bad as this group.)

  • Jimmy The Greek – J… makes comments to a Washington, D.C, television reporter about the physical abilities of black and white athletes… black athlete is “bred to be the better athlete because, this goes all the way to the Civil War when … the slave owner would breed his big woman…” Snyder apologized for the comments but his is over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REFJxwQPQUY&feature=related
  • Fuzzy Zoeller – makes stereotypical black comments related to Tiger Woods. He has not gotten the visibility nor endorsements that would have previously been expected. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aWS0StFM5I
  • Howard Cosell – Cosell saying “look at that little monkey run” to describe black receiver Alvin Garrett in a Washington Redskins game. Loses his job and quietly vanishes from the sports scene.
  • Mel Gibson – Gibson makes anti Semitic remarks while being arrested and drunk. His true feelings come out while drunk. It makes you look at his reasoning for The Passion Of Christ. Gibson’s father is supposedly a Holocaust denier. I do not have first hand knowledge of this affect on his career, but he does not seem to be in the public eye. The reason Gibson, not a sports-related personality, is in this list is because of a great rant Denis Leary performed in the announcer’s booth at the Red Sox’ Fenway Park . (Denis Leary tells Mel Gibson to shove it. http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/40420/)

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Willie — You need to kick ass on that team of yours and WIN GAMES! Excuses and apologies won’t cut it! This will be forgotten (or at least lessened) if you win.

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(photos http://www.wbt.com and 2000magazine.com)

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