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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.  
Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 3:02 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I agree. Saying something is retarded can mean any number of things. There was also a time when someone could be said to be puffing on a fag and it would've meant something totally different. That is, until homosexuals hijacked words that had perfectly good usage (think gay) and turned them on their heads to describe what they do when they ram-rod each other. Just sayin.



Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 3:02 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

People seem to forget that dumb and lame mean the same thing as retarded, but they have now become socially acceptable.  Some people just get so worked up about nothing.  Everybody take a deep breath and relax.



Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 3:01 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Whats retarded is the reporters writing all this garbage. Making a issue about nothing just because their a bunch of no talent hacks that couldnt write a article if they had to. IT was a stupid question and the reporter that asked it is retarded for asking it, these are pro ball players and out to hurt each others. What they should do is take away some of these hack reporters creditials and ban them from the league. im tired of reporters asking stupid questions that has nothing to do with the games or that really dont matter .



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:59 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

He's a professional athlete, and one I had little respect for to start with, so this makes no difference one way or another to me.  His whole demeanor and menas of handling himself tell me he never, ever in his life had someone teach him how to act correctly in his life.  He has basic disrespect and contempt for people around him constantly, don't get me wrong I expect a certain alpha male behavior from a top athlete, it's how you get to the top, but he is simply wired wrong. 



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:55 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

So now LeDung boy is has nn opinion on mental health--has the mans talents have no limits---this d-bag has been coming off like some gift from heaven ever since he and LeSkank got off government cheese and section 8 housing once all realized he could play hoops--too bad playing hoops doesnt make one smart.  Oh soon he will send one of his loser/"marketing reps" to Nike HQ and come back with some of Nike's cash and distribute it to some special olympics event and all will be well--this a-hole could win 10 titles and he will still be a jerk.--always come back to the same thing LeDung--money cant buy smarts or class--just ask your skank mama.




Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:55 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

This article is an example of how this world is out of control on making something out of nothing. There are all kinds of words that have different meanings depending on how they are used. It's all on intent. While I am also fed up with the actions of over-paid and over-hyped athletes reporting has become too judgmental and every tom-dick-and-harry has some agenda nowadays to pass moral judgement in articles. While the term retarded could be derogatory for sure, just because someone uses it in place of what anyone with common sense would hear as "stupid". Maybe it's time for you to grow up and stop whining about every little thing someone says.



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:53 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I say the word retarded all the time.....And will continue too.  This whole country has lost it's marbles.  



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:53 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I for one get sick and tired of hearing bland, politically correct responses from athletes.  I have no problem with Lebron saying it's a retarded question because IT WAS a retarded question..........  And mr. author, grow a set.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:52 pm
 

joke...

by the way, most of you are pretty funny just the way this is being commented. :-)



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:51 pm
 

I was going to make a joke but...

As a mentally challenged, gay, over-weight, anorexic, african american, who wears glasses, a hearing aid and braces I just have to say... Good grief. I wanted to do something humorous, but harmless, and now I'm afraid to exercise my freedom of speech. Whatever. I'm pretty sure that Mr. James would sincerely regret hurting somebody's feelings if genuinely devastated by the comment. In the meanwhile (I am related to a couple retarded people. For real.), maybe we should focus on the important stuff. I love my family and don't take offense at others comments. "Sticks and stones...but words will never harm..." I don't know... you decide.


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