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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: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:19 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Ok just consider why more than half of these people would agree on general scientific concepts such as natural selection and evolution, but defend the derogatory term "retard" even though nobody on here really seems to be one or a parent/sibling/friend of "retards". It's just odd to me. 

I want to see proof from the more zealous posters that you actually went out and helped somebody with down syndrome.



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:17 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I think the point to make here is who gives a shit?!!! Sometimes reporters do ask retarded questions and if the man uttered under his breath that the question was retarded then let it go. Retarded means slow and as many times as they replayed the fall you could tell that Wade was off balance when they fell to the ground. Obviously the media wants to stir up controversy about the injury so they asked a RETARDED question. If the media can ask questions about someone's character in regards to incidents that clearly had no malicious intent, then it should be ok for that person to respond how he feels. He's lucky he wasn't interviewing Bobby Knight or Charles Barkley. Lebron gave them the mild version as far as I'm concerned.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:15 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Im a Heat fan, but not really a LeBron fan. Ill be the first to say the way he joined our team wasnt handled maturely. So I know there are LeBron haters everywhere now, but this is politically correct BS. pleeeeeease!



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:40 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:38 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'




Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:05 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Because you would have to be a cowardly racist to call Lebron James dumb?  You, sir, are a moron.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:34 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

ugg where are you from what does your ignarant view of the guy that talks about james have anything to do with this



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:18 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Hey Webster (that's dictionary since you think your so omniscient). So when he answered the question saying its retarded, did he mean the question was slow or hindered? What multiple meaning, stop making excuses, you look really bad doing it. Read the dictionary further and you'll find that a$$ has two meaning (and you are one of them) and you'd bothered in your sentence is a double negative, and you find is improper. Guy, stop, just stop, don't try and be the guy that thinks he knows a lot and really is some low life Clemson turd that finds family reunions as a better dating site than match.com



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:02 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Really...Listen here "Seahawks fan", first off root for a winning team like the Packers. Tell your boy Hasselbeck to shut his mouth going into overtime. Speaking of overtime, shut your mouth, who ever allowed your sleezy parents d.n.a to be replicated should be in jail. Man wish he wore a rubber and now the world has to suffer with your presence. The world is very safe with the fact that your short member can't do its job the right way. Oh, now clam down, your getting mad about something that doesn't work properly and you don't feel its your fault.......now make fun of mental retardation, you should feel at home.



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:51 am
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Listen here amateur, walk through the shoes of someone that had to parent a special needs kid. I'm sorry, silly me, no one will pro-create with you lame a$$, you asexual pric. I haven't had to parent a special needs kid, but have seen it with my neighbor's kid. This is slander, almost the same as racism bro. The writer is right, this is something to write about, and you are something to write off in the scheme of life. Join Bin Lad, expire soon, painful, and I hope for you that a "proper" burial sends you to H.E. double hockey sticks. You were the "somewhat" athlete in high school huh. That picked on the special ed, I was the one that changed those guys minds. So come back with a lame rebutle, and I'll show you what I really can do. There is and END button on your keyboard, use it on your life.


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