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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: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:52 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

It was a pretty stupid question.



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:40 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

lol I can't believe this is an article.




Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:36 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Matt Moore spelled surprising wrong.  Now that's..re--.. reeediculous.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:35 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I don't think the foul on Rondo was intentional but in the NBA playoffs, players are told to foul hard, not to give layups and to disrupt anyway driving to the basket ! I honestly think there's no place for that silliness because as we've seen in the past someone will let their emotions get the best of them when fouled hard !
I understand not giving a guy an easy 2pt bucket but when you start undercutting people and flagrantly throwing flying arms and elbows at people, that's unacceptable !
In Rondo's case, he was netiehr shooting nor a threat to score so I'm guessing Wade was trying to make sure Rondo didn't get to the loose ball ! We'll see how that plays out tomorrow night ! I'm sure the Celtics will commit hard fouls and bump Wade anytime he drives the lane !
Sort of like the old Detroit Pistons bad boys days when they used the Jordan Rules to bump Michael Jordan hard to throw him off his game !



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:32 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

So what?And you WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT?It's a simple figure of speech, and he was probably right,Retarded questions from writers happen with alarming frequency.Sometimes, they ask the retarded question OVER AND OVER AND OVER,either in a total fog of cluelessness, or (most often) to goad the player into commentingon something they don't want to talk about or shouldn't  cooment on until a more appropriate time.Sometimes, these reporters ARE retarded;  Lebron James just kinda called one out on it, and now youhave your panties in a bunch, because, well, YOUR A WRITER!



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:27 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Kobe has been immature his whole career. 
Lebron was at least polite enough to cover his mouth and mutter it. He could've said it to her face. Did you hear the question? It was retarded. Wade wanted to know "to who [the play might've looked dirty]?" and she couldn't specify. If you want to call someone dirty, but don't want to be specific, then that is, in fact retarded.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:24 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Matt Moore is retarded.



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:24 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'




Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:22 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

oh look....more political correctness .....is this article serious.....I seriously cant stand this pc bs that is spreading acros sthis country...Everything offends someone somewhere..If people spent less time worrying about what someone says and start worrying about themsleves then we woul dbe a lot better off....get a life....this article is RETARDED



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:14 pm
 

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

cough cough retared cough cough... awww man am i getting an article written about me now.


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