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LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 3:39 pm
 
LeBron James calls a reporter's question "retarded" which is not cool. Not cool at all. Or suprising. 
Posted by Matt Moore

LeBron James isn't a moron. He's just incredibly, unbelievably immature. It comes off in how he carries himself, from throwing away his warm-ups to "The Decision" to his rampant flubs in the media. I say this not as one of the scribes who has habitually and constantly crushed James for his ego, but as a writer who doesn't think wanting to change job locations or positions is a terrible thing, even if you do it in an impolite way, and who has defended James' game from attacks on his basketball character. It's just pretty evident that James is immature. It's not always a bad or avoidable thing to be immature. Few people in their early 20's really are, and James' natrual progression in that area was surely stunted by his god-like treatment he received from high school on, and from entering the NBA right out of high school. But James is old enough now to know better. And he doesn't.  And we have yet another example. 

In response to a reporter's question to Dwyane Wade regarding whether the play that injured Rajon Rondo was "dirty," James covered his mouth and uttered "That's retarded" under his breath. You know, because that won't get picked up because he covered his mouth despite the giant microphone in front of his mouth. 

So here we are again, back where we were with the Kobe Bryant slur situation. As Larry Brown Sports discusses, there are a number of ways this is different from that situation. But we're going to have the same dynamics going on. Those who defend James religiously will point to the hyper-sensitive nature of society, those who always seek to criticize LeBron will use this as yet another prime opportunity to, and everyone else will filter somewhere along the "outrage vs. outrage over the outrage" line. And nothing will really change, which is the sad part. 

Last week, in trying to describe something to my wife that was idiotic, my mind blanked. I actually said "it's... it's retarded." It was only my wife and I in the room, but I felt the need to apologize and correct myself. I'm not sharing this as an example of moral superiority, but instead of how it can happen to anyone.,It's got to be hard to always say the right thing when you're surrounded by microphones. But this wasn't a mistake, it was a deliberate comment.

"What's the big deal?!" critics of modern society will cry! "It's not like he called someone a slur like Kobe!" Let's start by recognizing that these are two separate incidents, unrelated to one another, and there's room for us to look at both through the lens of their impact on society. The use of such a term only propogates a cultural and societal feeling of disgust and derision for those physically or mentally handicapped. The actual clinical definition describes a lowered intelligence quotient, but the term isn't used in that manner with any discretion or consideration. I'm far from an expert on physical and mental disability, but it's pretty plain that anything which would casually deride victims of such a condition is unacceptable. Sticks and stones and what not, but James' comment still sets an example This isn't a high bar, here, people. 

Is it fair that James' comment should be singled out? No, and that's on us to try and provide a world where our language says what it means, and cuts who it should and them only.  But James said it on national television after he yet again showed that the Celtics can make him irrelevant, and this criticism is the price of the millions of dollars, the "global empire" and the adulation of millions. Your words do matter, LeBron. You may want to take stock and realize that. 

You know, once you grow up.  
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tiredofcrap2
Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:28 pm
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tiredofcrap2
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Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:27 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

retarded is technically not a slur just a word not used anymore
you could not be more wrong.   mental retardation is still very much used as it is a diagnosis for some unfortunate individuals.   lebron james is an uneducated scumbag... expect nothing more from people like him.  



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:25 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

the COWARD internet racists are back and have the nerve to call LEBRON dumb, lol.  and all of u have said the word "retarded" many, many times so shut your hypocrite mouth.  HEATLES baby!!


Gray Skies
Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:23 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:22 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

beweep stop describing yourself you incompetent douchebag



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:17 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

What do you expect from a dumb nigger?



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:11 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Once again, the socially challenged LeBron James makes a fool of himself.  I am so looking forward to a Boston win in game 4, even with an injured Rajon Rondo.  The media storm surrounding the Heat is going to be as unbearable as a humid August day in Miami. It's going to be a beautiful sight watching the Heat crumble under the pressure as this series heads back to Miami all tied up at 2.  I can't wait for his next press conference to watch him squirm.  I hope the media tightens the screws in their questions towards James.  You would think that a 26 year old, surrounded by media for the past 10 years, would have learned a thing or two about what's appropriate. 



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:02 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I hate lebron more than any sports figure in the world, that being said I believe this is an overreaction I know the word retard is going out of context but it was a legimiate word to describe an individual with a mental deficiency. Fag as Kobe said is a slur, retarded is technically not a slur just a word not used anymore.



Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 4:50 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

this is what happens when you dont go to school.. you have an over-paid uneducated basketball player who doesn't have a clue what the definition of politically correct means... And for the record the play on wade and rondo was filthy dirty.. he was upset he couldnt blow by rondo like other players and got tangled up and tackled rondo and i think he should be suspended for a game.. minimum..  


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