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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.  

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:50 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.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:42 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I work with adults with disabilities.

Yep--that is what you call it.  If you want the "P.C." version there it is.  Rightfully so--these people are disabled.  That covers everyone from people missing limbs, to people with Downs syndrom, to people who have anywhere between slight to severe retardation.  We have to write down on a medical form that they have mild retardation--because they do.  Regardless, these are people we are talking about, bottom line. 

LeBron could have pick a handful of other words to describe how he felt about that question, he said the wrong one.  He could have said that question was soooo gay.  Redunkculess, fuhhqdup.  He didn't.  He said it was retarded.  The world will move on.  Lebron will make millions, and the Heat are still going to the Eastern conference finals.  Nothing is going to change because he called it that.  Now--that being said, I think (and this is just my personal opinion) that James is that kind of guy.  I bet he is a jerk in real life.  When something is stupid, he probably calls it retarded.  When something is queer to him, he probably calls it gay.  What came out of his mouth is not a slip up.  It is a learned behavior.  Honestly though, I think I have to agree with most posters, at one point in time in our lives we have all called something gay or retarded--myself included.  It is not something to be proud of, but it does happen.  We are after all only human.  It is part of the language now--kind of like snoose snoose..or however those reta---umm stupid people on Jersey Shore say it.

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:28 am
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Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:24 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Matt Moore you are too sensitive and it is soo clear that you had nothing else to write about.  It sucks when journalists cannot put together a real story so they fabricate one to try and get some ish started.  Shame on you for writing this story.  You should be embarressed that this is all you can come up with.   Did you go to school for journalism? or did your daddy or daddys friend get you
this job?  If you didnt have a problem with what kobe said but have an issue with lebron, then you are probably a retarded fa$$@&!

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:18 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

He seriously should have stayed with the cavs. Him leaving to pursue a title with two other "stars" shows his lack of faith and severe lack of leadership. I sincerely believe the cavs will be back soon to challenge the so called big three. I also believe that lebron is finding out that the team effort in cleveland was a much better strategy than three self centered egos all going for their own glory trying to play as a team. The cavs had team chemistry and alot better leadership and maturity than the heat do. All they were lacking was a coach now that he's here lebron will soon live to regret his move.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:15 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

If you'd bothered to check your pocket dictionary, you find that "retard" has multiple meanings that have to do with slowing an action or process, to hinder or impede. It is only used to describe a person with a disability as a slang. This politically correct BS is a joke.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:03 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

LeBron has apparently found yet another way to ingratiate himself with reporters and fans..... not.

Of course Wade's takedown of Rondo was dirty; but who with more than half a brain cell would ever imagine a player answering 'yes' to that sort of question?  (So in all fairness, the reporter probably deserved a sarcastic smack-down for the idiotic question.)    But someone as high on the PR food chain as LeBron should know well by now that there are ways to put someone in their place without alienating yet another thousand fans.

In a way I'm relieved that LeBron's skills don't rise quite to the level for him to fill Michael's empty Air Jordans.  Because it would be hard to decide whether to root for him because of the skills or against him because of the narcissism and lack of class.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:03 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Possibly the dumbest post I have ever read.  You cant prosecute a crime that doesnt have evidence, however when someone steals a car and is caught in it, its pretty easy.  Your piss-poor attempt to compare crimes based on skin color has failed miserably.  But nice try

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:58 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

This article is retarded!

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:46 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Lesham is scum

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