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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.

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:07 am

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Seems to me that LeBron is the one who needs to watch out for 'Karma'.
The last time I checked "LeBron" was the one who disrespected Cleveland. The people in Cleveland (fans, players, owners, etc) have every right to be upset with him. Perhaps the "King" should hire some people who AREN'T his friends since childhood to manage his career. He's doing irrepairable damage to his legacy right now and if he's not wise enough to see that, then the people who are making such a good living off him should.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:59 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

 Lebron, we saw what you said and when you said it.. Don't play dumb, because we are all witnesses. hahaha!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:56 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Is James an idiot or what? Just STFU. I give him the Palin Award for saying stupid sh%t and then retracting it later.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:26 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

That prestigious prep school LBJ attended must be aghast at his apparent ignorance and atrocious verbage.  Well, maybe not.  They probably got what they wanted.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:26 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

What has LeBron Done?   He switched teams and cities, leaving Cleveland to go to Florida. He's made some unguarded comments. He's backtracked. Oh, and he also plays basketball with skill and power that takes your breath away.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:21 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

It's amazing how much of a dirtbag this guy really is.  He's probably THE most self-entitled, spoiled, sullen, vindictive little baby I've ever seen in professional sports.  LeFraud just can't keep his mouth shut, he HAS TO have the last word everytime. Nothing would be better than watching this clown suffer a career-ending injury so he's not in the limelight, which would prevent us from having to hear his stupid comments every few weeks.  Why can't he shut his damn mouth, stop all the showboating and just play basketball?

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:19 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

No intent to LeBron but...

you can't spell Twitter without Twit.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:16 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

This just in.. Lebron is now a confirmed liar. What a waste.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:04 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

In all seriousness though, Lebron did more for Cleveland than vice versa. He never chose Cleveland. He was the No. 1 pick. No doubt, you select James. Actually, I'm hoping Denver gets to lose Melo almost in the same light. These guys play out their contracts and should have the opportunity to go where they want. Even if they don't finish them out and they want a trade, you think any of us should feel any loyalty to the majority of these scumbag owners? The fans just get caught up in the middle. Loyalty can go only so far. Good luck to all of the players is what I say, enjoy the life. Oh, and LBJ, sorry bout the "momma" joke. She's the biggest baller this side of the Mississip!!!

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:00 pm

LeBron James retreats from Cavs 'karma' tweet

Karma is a funny thing....good luck to all involved in this tweet thing.... the one thing i do know ... is talk is cheap.... and it's a long season... good luck to all in the playoffs...

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