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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: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:31 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

This entire article is completely retarded, and a total waste of banwidth.  Seriously, WHO CARES?  Furthermore, who cares what Kobe said either?  Retards, homosexuals, and refs that can't perform to industry standards?  Is that your base audience?  You may as well come clean and say that your beef is with Lebron because he called a reporter's question retarded... and you're a reporter. 

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:21 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

In true Saturday Night Live Update fashion  - SERIOUSLY?!   I mean C'MON!   You can't be serious!   REALLY??!

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:16 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

This would have more merit if James answered the silly question "Yes."

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:16 pm
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Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:15 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

are you serious, he said the question was, not the person, he didn't direct it to anyone, you people need to relax, are you a Celtics fan?

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:14 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Get a life, Matt. Find something better to do than dig up dirt on somebody you clearly dislike. Thats as petty as can be. typical human. Actually--you're more like a donkey.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:06 pm

The media is retarded, but hush it up!

What he said was a legitimate expression of his feelings.

Yes it was – but he said it about a reporter – one of God's Chosen Few here on earth.  He must be severely chastised, chastened and spanked with her chastity belt, or before you know it other players will making these comments about reporters who ask questions for other reasons than to elicit information.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:06 pm

I can't beleive I spent time reading this article

It sure looks like you are trying to start something.  And you're comapring this comment to the "gay" slur that Kobe used a few weeks back. C'mon Man!  I think that CBSSports needs to rething its writers AND the team of individuals who review their writings.  You just took 5 friggin minutes from my life that I will never get back!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:56 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I am not a big LeBron James fan nor apologist, but this is political-correctness run amok.

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:55 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I was going to write some long winded article about how retarded this article is but it seems the whole online community has done it for me. Matt Moore, go kicks rocks and eat dirt. Are you that desperate for an article that you decided you have to pick something apart and label him immature. 

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