LeBron James says race played role in backlash to his decision

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ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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LeBron James says race played role in backlash to his decision
 

 
Did race play a role in the backlash -- both in the media and in the general public -- to LeBron James' decision to take his talents to South Beach?

LeBron James and his business partner and close friend Maverick Carter both said yes in an interview on CNN Wednesday night (hat tip to Jason Lloyd of the Beacon Journal, and we should note race was a very small part of this interview, discussed and everyone moved on).

"I think so at times. It's always a race factor," LeBron said as part of a segment that focused largely on Carter.

"It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written," Carter said.

A lot of the backlash seemed to be focused less on the choice itself -- outside of Cleveland, anyway -- and more on what came off as an egotistical way to do it. But both Carter and James said that "The Decision" -- the hour-long show on ESPN announcing his move to Miami -- may have had something to do with that.

"The execution could've been a little better and I take some of blame for that," Carter said.

But James noted that the event raised $3 million for the Boys & Girls Club and any "heat" he took was worth it.

There certainly has been a lot of LeBron hate. The numbers back up what James and Carter have said about race.

Among blacks, LeBron's positive Q rating among dropped from 52 percent in January to 39 -- however his negative Q rating barely changed, going from 14 percent to 15. Blacks seemed to change what they thought of him, but to a more neutral stance.

Among non-blacks, LeBron's negative Q rating went from 24 percent to 44 after the decision.

Why different races reacted to the situation in very different ways would make an interesting study in race relations in America.

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 8 years ago '07        #2
KeepinItTrill 33 heat pts33
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 8 years ago '08        #3
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A lot of the backlash seemed to be focused less on the choice itself -- outside of Cleveland, anyway -- and more on what came off as an egotistical way to do it. But both Carter and James said that "The Decision" -- the hour-long show on ESPN announcing his move to Miami -- may have had something to do with that.
no u stupid c*nt. it had EVERYTHING to do wit it
 8 years ago '04        #4
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what a pair of idiots. this guy is the most dislikable player in nba history.
 8 years ago '07        #5
Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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lebron takes the L for this

race was not the issue

it was his attention whoring
 09-30-2010, 08:28 AM         #6
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lebron playing the race card?

he definitely embracing his villain role
 8 years ago '04        #7
God_Manifested 19 heat pts19
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I agree. With Lebron and Carter.
 8 years ago '04        #8
DJ Maximum|M 51 heat pts51
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race is played a role in alot of decisions in life (DONT ACT LIKE IT HASNT) but this aint one of them homie

I can understand where hes coming from because ppl was on his d!ck in Cleveland and now they dont give a f**k about him since he left and given the opportunity someone would call him the N word when he comes back to play....
 8 years ago '08        #9
JetsLost 18 heat pts18
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Son is looking real stupid. Race has nothing to do with this. Has everything to do w/ how he went about this whole free agency s**t. He knew he was leaving 2 years ago and probably knew he was going to Miami.
 8 years ago '05        #10
s4s|M 23 heat pts23
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lebron won.
 8 years ago '10        #11
Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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I can tell a few didn't read the article.
 09-30-2010, 08:45 AM         #12
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 DJ Maximum said:
race is played a role in alot of decisions in life (DONT ACT LIKE IT HASNT) but this aint one of them homie

I can understand where hes coming from because ppl was on his d!ck in Cleveland and now they dont give a f**k about him since he left and given the opportunity someone would call him the N word when he comes back to play....
Ooooh the 'n word' how scary. Dumb s**t like this is always dividing people.
 8 years ago '07        #13
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The more he speaks the more stupid he looks.
 8 years ago '10        #14
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 M.C.daHUSTLA said:
I agree. With Lebron and Carter.
As least one real n*gga posted in this thread

If this was Dirk Nowitski or Steve Nash people would have been like oh it was great TV and way to go raising money for the kids

Let a black man do it and he's attention whoring, they did the same the to kobe when he went on the radio When's the last time somebody called Donald Trump an attention wh0ore? But Diddy's a **** right??

But its ok for eli manning, roger clemens, and brett farve to stunt on teams openly in public, I aint see no Q rating reports then. Nobody was on tv burning Johnny Damon's jersey

Racism still alive, ya'll just be concealing it.
 8 years ago '04        #15
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 ReggieA said:
But James noted that the event raised $3 million for the Boys & Girls Club and any "heat" he took was worth it.
Mission Accomplished: Lebron won
 8 years ago '04        #16
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hees a fool.....so people are mad at him now because he is black? so wen everyone called him the KING and did birthday tributes on espn and bought his jersey and kicks and pretty much signed over the future of the league to him.....wasn't he also black?
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 Nautilus O said:
As least one real n*gga posted in this thread

If this was Dirk Nowitski or Steve Nash people would have been like oh it was great TV and way to go raising money for the kids

Let a black man do it and he's attention whoring, they did the same the to kobe when he went on the radio When's the last time somebody called Donald Trump an attention wh0ore? But Diddy's a **** right??

But its ok for eli manning, roger clemens, and brett farve to stunt on teams openly in public, I aint see no Q rating reports then. Nobody was on tv burning Johnny Damon's jersey

Racism still alive, ya'll just be concealing it.
cut the bulls**t!!! no one was crying racism when he got all of the positive press and praise!!!!
 8 years ago '08        #18
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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n*gga...this s**t bout the attention whoring for an hour on LIVE TV, the days and weeks leading up to that whoring...and the way you smoked the sig after f**king Cleveland brains out....nothing more nothing less.

Whites and Blacks hate you alike...I think whites slobbed him more...which is why it looks like they hate him more now.
 8 years ago '09        #19
Ricky Towel 128 heat pts128
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 Nautilus O said:
As least one real n*gga posted in this thread

If this was Dirk Nowitski or Steve Nash people would have been like oh it was great TV and way to go raising money for the kids

Let a black man do it and he's attention whoring, they did the same the to kobe when he went on the radio When's the last time somebody called Donald Trump an attention wh0ore? But Diddy's a **** right??

But its ok for eli manning, roger clemens, and brett farve to stunt on teams openly in public, I aint see no Q rating reports then. Nobody was on tv burning Johnny Damon's jersey

Racism still alive, ya'll just be concealing it.

The real gone recognize, and the fake and dishonest just gone do what they do.It could not have been put any better then the way you put it. Salute Homie.
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