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LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 10:10 pm
 
LeBron James claims he had "no intent" when he tweeted that "Karma is a b****" after the Los Angeles Lakers destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers onlebron-james Tuesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

On Tuesday night, shortly after the Los Angeles Lakers destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers, we noted a tweet from Miami Heat forward LeBron James which read, "Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!" 

Although James did not explicitly make reference to the Cavaliers or owner Dan Gilbert, it was widely assumed that James was referring to his former team and/or owner, Dan Gilbert, with whom he messily split this summer when he opted to take his talents to South Beach and team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

Before Wednesday's game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat, James backed away from the perceived sentiment of the tweet, claiming that it wasn't intentionally directed at the Cavaliers or Gilbert. The Sun-Sentinel reports that James said that he had "no intent" with the tweet and implied that the entire episode was a poorly-timed misunderstanding.
"It was just how I was feeling at the time," he said. Yet he added in the same breath, "It wasn't even a comment from me. It was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out."
"I don't think it was no intent at all," he said. "I think everyone looks into everything I say. Everybody looked too far into it. It wasn't no intent at all."
"No hit toward that organization. I've moved on. Hopefully that organization has continued to move on. But I'm happy where I am as a Miami Heat player."
James, who posts under the Twitter username @KingJames, has more than 1.24 million followers on the social networking site.

Of course, this isn't the first time James has tried to wiggle out of a controversy of his own making. James drew criticism in December for advocating contraction, and then drew more ire when he backed off his statements by claiming he didn't know what the word "contraction" meant.

While the assumed intent of James' tweet was completely classless, his failure to take responsibility for his words is perplexing. He can't possibly expect everyone to believe this was simply a coincidence, especially given the immediate and national outcry the tweet provoked, and the fact that he didn't bother posting a clarification.

If the tweet wasn't accidental, and it's impossible to believe it was, what are our alternate explanations? Perhaps this song-and-dance is all a game to James? Perhaps he enjoys the thrill of watching his words sweep the country and provoke strong reactions? Perhaps he's reserving his right as a human being to make flip comments and settle scores without needing to explain them in minute detail to a national audience?

Who knows. But the episode goes down as another black mark on James' reputation, both for the vindictiveness of the original message and the feebleness of his unbelievable explanation.
Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:00 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Coward... Watching Lebron quit on his team in the eastern conference finals only to leave town shortly thereafter without having the decency to let his owner know beforehand, but instead announce it on a nationally televised special centered around oneself.  Stupidity...making thoughtless comments only to retract them after realizing what an idiot you sound like.  Karma...Being crowned "King" before ever actually stepping foot on a professional basketball court.  One cannot be surprised at the level of narcissism and arrogance that Lebron portrays after having these accolades bestowed upon him.  One can only ask, "what does karma have in store for you Lebro



Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:00 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Maybe LeBron shuldn't have skipped college.  The guy's got as much common sense as a doorknob.  Too bad the injury wasn't serious.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:40 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Pepsolman: "LeBron is talking about himself in future-tense."
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You're right, cuz just one day after he tweeted "Karma's a bitch" his Heatles lose to the lowly Clippers.  Lebron, I guess Karma IS a bitch.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:20 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Lebron seriously thinks that because he's argueably the best player in the league, it makes him the smartest person in the world. Boy does he have alot to learn.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:12 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Pretty soon we'll be able to compile all of Lebron's quotes and release them in a book. They'll be called Lebronisms, which will just be another way to say Stupidisms.



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:10 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

and isnt amazing he did get hurt tonight. No it wont be career ending and even tho he is still on the court he cant run hes hobbling around and don't be surprised if the ankle isn't alot worse when he wakes up.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:08 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Lacking any alternative explanation at all from LeBron, we're left to assume the comment was about the Cavs.  Maybe his claim (that someone sent it to him and he forwarded it) is true; but he wouldn't have forwarded it without comment if it didn't express a sentiment he agreed with.

Yeah, LeBron -- Karma is a b**ch.  And Schadenfreude is a disgrace.  Shame on you for being so public with yours.




Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:02 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Next, he will call it racism.



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:45 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

LeBron is talking about himself in future-tense.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:10 am
 

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Does anyone believe this guy anymore?


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