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LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:23 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 1:05 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

In an appearance on Wednesday night's edition of "Primetime" on CNN , LeBron James replied that he thought race was a factor in the negative response to his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat .

"I think so, at times," he told CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien. "It's always, you know, a race factor."

Some are likely rolling their eyes, but in a way, the statistics back it up.

Q Score is a poll that measures popularity and LeBron dropped (or jumped, depending on how you look at it) to No. 6 on the list. But among non-blacks, James' negative Q rating went from 24 percent to 44 after his free-agency announcement. However, among blacks, his negative Q Score slipped just from 14 percent to 15 percent.

That seems like something.

LeBron's adviser and marketing guru Maverick Carter was also part of the interview and he agreed about the role of race in the media backlash. "It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure," Carter said.

I don't really know how to touch this topic so I'll kind of stay away and let you decide yourself on it. But as to why one color of people reacted differently to LeBron's decision than the other, I don't know. I don't even want to really take a guess as to why.

One thing that does stick out is that James just said race played a factor and then left it at that. He didn't elaborate. He didn't fill us in. He just whipped out that big shiny race card, dropped it on the table and walked away. And as a result, the door was left wide open for people to criticize, speculate and question his use of it. 

As for "The Decision" itself, James said that was his and the people around him's idea. But Carter admitted it wasn't perfect.

"The execution could have been a little better and I take some of the blame for that."

He also said something else I found interesting about LeBron's marketing approach: "It's just about control and not doing it the way it's always been done or not looking the way that it always looks."

Well evidently it's about control. A one-hour special where you control your own message and deliver it exactly how you want? Yep, that's pretty controlling. And that was a big part of the backlash over it.

But it was noted in the report that over $3 million was raised for the Boys and Girls Club of America from "The Decision." That's a good thing that's been largely ignored from that night. That's not going to save LeBron's popularity score, but still, a good thing.
Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:11 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Of course race played a part in the backlash.  Afterall Michale Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkely have always been prejudiced against black players....

 

Just one more reason to hate this ego-maniacal SOB.

 

 




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:08 pm
 

MUST Be True

Well, if LeBron believes and says it ... and the people he surrounds himself with (i.e. the people on his payroll) believe and say it ... then it must be true.

LeBron James and his "business associates" have the mindset of children. 

LeBron James may be the most immature adult in the spotlight today.

It is unfortunately that because of his athletic ability, status, and wealth the public is exposed to his ignorance.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:06 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Pitino isn't white, he's Italian.  LOL



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:03 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Say what ? ? ?

You dump your home town on national television without even a courtesy call in advance, and the reaction is "racist?"   King James?  More like "Baby James."

Grow up. 




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:02 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Hilarious, Laudo



Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:59 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

WORD



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:59 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Quick! People aren't talking about me, what should I do?! Oh, sweet, I'll say people are racist against me! That will put everyone talking about me again! Yay!
 STFU, Lebron.



Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:57 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

Really?!!!! About race? Maybe its a bout the bitch move to the Heat. Maybe its gay bashing, but definitely not about race. Maybe its because everyone that follows sports wanted Lebron to be the next Jordan and now he never will be. Maybe its because that bitch of a so called man took the easy route to a ring. So what if he wins 5 rings in Miami, its expected. If he won just one on his own in Cleveland, priceless!



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:57 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

 By the way my comment was for Knicks09 who wrote: How about this then. Im black and I still dont like LeBron James. Hes a whore that took the easy way out."


Cheers



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:55 pm
 

LeBron says race played a part in backlash

But yet if he would of signed for the Knicks he would be your hero ...


Stop being a hypocrite


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