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

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Hey Matt Moore. Let me start off by saying I am NOT a huge basketball or LeBron fan however I am definately not a fan of media types or bloggers like you. I tend to side with the athletes on only certain issues & post game interviews is one. Just after a game, still coming down from a testosterone high is not an easy time to answer on the spot questions. B.T.W. I am not a big fan of being overly politically correct, however I will quote you "The use of such a term only propogates a cultural and societal feeling of disgust and derision for those physically or mentally handicapped." The term "HANDICAPPED" in itself is derogatory & comes from ye old England where beggars put there HAND to their CAP to beg for money, food, etc..thereby HANDiCapped!!! You have had time to disect & research & still don't realize the correct term is "CHALLENGED"!! I, myself love the term IDIOT because so many people like you fit into it!!! Have a nice day!!



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:37 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Its so retarded again and again reporters ask that type of questions. Its his teamate ! Why asking questions that you all know the answer. Will James say something like " its a dirty foul and our team member sucks......"  Here are some more retarded questions. During half time, reporters will ask question to the coach like " Your team is down...........what do you think you should do in second half?"   Generic answer " Well, we need to do better in defense. We had way too high turn over and we let the other team to have too easy of the basket.............."  Can some reporters, suppose to be professional on TV, ask some "intelligent" questions ?  Those reporter who are married should try this one to his wife " Honey, you love me ? "  What do you expect your wife to tell you ? Hummmm................" No you are retarded !! "




Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:36 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

We finally found the one person in the entire world that's never said "that's retarded," and his name is matt moore...



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:30 pm
 

This post is retarded

Matt Moore, if you can say that you have never called and thing gay, retarded, crazy, insane, nuts, dumb, etc., then maybe I would respect you post, but you would also probably be a real unfun tight ass.  Words are words, and really this one's not even particularly offensive to most people.  Get over yourself.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:21 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

are there any words that are PC now?


yes, he said it was retarded, and you know what.. it was a retarded question


they got tangled up, injuries happen



Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:15 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'



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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:54 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Lebrion does need to be careful what he says.  As the face of the NBA in many ways, comments like this are pretty silly.  As he matures, he will realize you just can't use words like this.  Why?  Not that it offends the general population, but it does offend people who have a loved one who is mentally handicapped.  Simple as that.  There are just some words you cannot use, and in that case, he could have said, "stupid question", anything but the "retarded" word. Is it a horrible thing he said?  No.  But was it the best choice of words?  No, especially given the negative reaction.  He has to answer to the masses.


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