LeBron James and the Paradox of Our Superstar Standards

July 12th, 2010 by Dimitri Kontopidis Leave a reply »

After taking the time to digest "The Decision" and all its incredible glory, it's become increasingly clear that the expectations we have for our star athletes are obscure, and quite frankly, hypocritical.

I will not defend LeBron James for the charade he put on last week. Almost everyone seems to agree that it was entirely narcissistic, unnecessary, ill-advised, and downright cruel of him to twist the knife in Cleveland's back after he knows how much turmoil that city has already endured.

In fact, I wrote an article on why I thought LeBron would stay and Cleveland and relied on the argument that he would never put the city that raised him through such an embarrassment via a live television special.

Not after having experienced firsthand how much bad luck and misfortune has plagued that city.

Not after he knows how much that fan base adores their self-raised (former) "King."

I was completely and utterly wr ...

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