LeBron James has been at the forefront of some pretty touchy social movements this year, and it doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down. Just last week, LeBron James was filming an episode of ESPN’s Uninterrupted when he was asked about the political division in the United States and the climate that athletes face when they try and speak out. Nobody in their right mind thought that question wasn’t going south. The 14-time all star starter replied with a answer that took absolutely no one by surprise:
Well the Climate is hot. The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a (expletive) about the people
Dang it. Just when the political rants began to simmer down “the king” decided to stir the pot once more. You may not need to know anymore of the story to know how this unfolded, but I will tell you anyway. In response, Fox News’s Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, said one of the dumbest things you could possibly say on national television,
shut up and dribble.
I don’t even know where to start. I feel like I am back in elementary school arguing over the last tootsie roll or something.
Elementary Tristan: Hey, the last tootsie roll! I want it.
Tristan’s Elementary classmate: No, its mine you don’t understand your classmates, and really don’t give a (expletive) about the class.
Tristan: shut up and starve.
Ok maybe that was a bad example, but you get my point. Are we tired of everything getting politicized? Yes. Are we tried of stupid divisive comments? Yes (maybe no to both if you are miserable), but at the end of the day can we all just have thicker skin? The only reason I am blogging about this is because Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, decided to respond like elementary Tristan’s elementary classmate. We all have a platform to influence others, and we just have to accept that. Thank God for freedom of speech, or a lot of us would be in jail this very moment for something stupid we have all said. Just accept it, be the bigger person, try to see from someone else’s point of view, and don’t tell anyone to shut up. I mean they taught you that in elementary school didn’t they Laura?
Now That LeBron has finally came to the realization that he will one day stop playing basketball (maybe), he is now positioning himself to become a powerful agent/agency in the realm of sports. By aligning with the majority of athlete’s views, and by elevating the value of the already valued athlete’s opinion he will have the power on his side. With influence and money LeBron James will begin his dominance off the court by representing some of the world’s best athletes.
You see now? LeBron has been a people pleaser all this year (towards his fellow athletes) and you think its all just because? Not at all, maybe LeBron doesn’t line up with your political stance, but he doesn’t care because he is in the “legacy” stage of his career. This man, as well as his marketing team, has put old LeBron in a position for success beyond the basketball court. Yeah LeBron’s comments were unnecessary, and honestly uninformed, but I really do believe there is a strategy to it.
Just like his hair line, his political rants just keep reappearing out of nowhere. Business strategy or no? You be the judge.