LeBron James: Quieting His Critics by Holding Them Accountable

October 1st, 2010 by Emile Avanessian Leave a reply »
Now that’s how you quiet an angry mob!

It didn’t take a championship. It didn’t take a highlight reel of brilliant plays. Hell, it didn’t even take a victory in a preseason game.

LeBron James has quieted his critics.

Now, I don’t know that any of them have had a change of heart and are now on his side, but they’re certainly going to be a lot less vocal.

During an interview on CNN Wednesday night, Soledad O’Brien asked both LeBron James and his now-famous (infamous?) adviser Maverick Carter if they believe that race has played a role in avalanche of negativity that James has faced in the aftermath of his “decision” to join the Heat, which he announced in an prime time, hour-long abomination on ESPN.

When faced with the question, LeBron answered, more accurately than our country would like to admit, “I think so at times. It's always, you know, a race factor.”

Now, I must admit, when I first saw a headline reading “LeBron blames race for backlash to ESPN's The Decision,” my reaction was a visceral “Oh puh-lease! Now he’s play ...

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