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LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:35 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:16 pm
 
LeBron James tweets that he is "at war" and is supported by his "soldiers." Posted by Ben Golliver. heat-stroke

In what has the potential to spark another silly national controversy, Miami Heat forward LeBron James took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to write : "20+ games left in phase 2. I'm ReFOCUSED! No prisoners, I have no friends when at WAR besides my Soldiers."

James' statement is already drawing comparisons to a famous 2003 rant by former University of Miami football player Kellen Winslow, who compared football to war and called himself a soldier. The comments drew criticism because the United States Military was engaged in the Iraq War at the time, and Winslow quickly issued an apology . The damage was done, though, and the incident has stuck with him ever since.

The Winslow incident was a classic example of an athlete re-appropriating military language without a second thought as to the repercussions. I never understood the criticism of Winslow because it didn't seem like he had bad intentions and he was clearly fired up after an emotional game. It seemed like an odd time and place for us as a nation to expect maximum clarity and deference.

The military and their families deserve the utmost respect in our country, and no doubt James will draw criticism for his tweet, which some might think trivializes those who are actively serving the country by comparing that service to a game. But, as a country, we ask our athletes, especially the most handsomely paid ones, to take their jobs as seriously as possible, and we regularly criticize players, including James, for not living up to a supposed competitive standard by teaming up with other fellow stars like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

We shouldn't want it both ways. Are James, Bosh and newly-acquired point guard Mike Bibby really "soldiers"? Of course not. They'd probably laugh or squirm at the notion if forced to confront that thought head on. But a competitive, focused James is far better for the game of basketball than a complacent or distracted James, even if he went overboard in his metaphors. 

Here's hoping James isn't unnecessarily bombarded with criticism on this one.
Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:33 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

Once again, LeBron shows the world why you need an education.  To compare what he is doing and with what our brave men and women are doing is just plain stupid.  This is a prime example why high school athletes should not be able to go straight to the NBA...uneducated.  This guys is a joke.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:11 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

  This was one of the most idiotic articles I have ever read. Of course its disrespectful for an egocentric maniac like Lebron to claim he is a soldier.  He throws a ball into a hoop for a living, it is not quite the same as sacrificing your life day in and day out.  There was no need for Matt Moore to write this article, just a waste of time to read.



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Completely Worthless Article

This is such a stupid article.  You don't want to start a controversy and bombard LeBron with criticism but you're going to write this article anyway when you know it's not a big deal?  How do you have a job doing this?


As for the people whining about the war analogies just shut the hell up.  We get it, you hate LeBron.  But I don't care if you're a vet or not because every last one of you is an annoying hypocrite.  I guarantee not a single person here lalling LeBron out is ever complaining about the thousands of war analogies made in sports every single day throughout the country.

Where are all of you screaming about the "War Room" in the NFL draft?  Since when are NFL Lineman engaging in trench warfare?  How many people here were lighting up the message boards when Derek Dooley compared the Vols to the Germans in WWII?

Oh that's right, not a single person in this thread has ever said anything about any of it.  At least be honest and admit that you only care because you hate LeBron and it's a chance for you to show everyone on the CBSSports message boards what clever new pun you came up with for LeBron, and just shut up.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2011 11:44 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

If its considered insensitive for an athlete to speak of "going to war" then shouldnt we use the same approach with politicians that have not participated in war or support it?



Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2011 11:12 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

The NBA should just rename its self to the LBJ. Why is everyone so in love with this guy? How many rings does he have? How many times has he choked? he is a DOUCHE LORD!!! He knows he cannot win by himself so he had to team up with a real winner in Wade. I agree... GO AWAY LBJ! I guess the next story will be how he likes pancakes over waffles. WHO THE F*CK CARES!?!?!?! Go Spurs Go! First team to 50 Wins




Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 11:11 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

yes usa jim you're right everyones jealous of miami because lebronze is there...please...my team is doing just fine....and mike bibby seriously??ha....btw what he tweeted is insensitive....he knows nothing about hardship and war...i wish hed go spend two days in their shoes, then maybe he wouldn't post these rediculous tweets.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:14 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

This is good for basketball, I see there are alot of Cavs and Lakers fans in here! Stop being so sensitive and over critical.



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:40 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

No, Miss DwideSchRUDE, you are!
You are truly another  IDIOT...I forgot what an idiot sounded like, so thanks to your post it reminded me. Another JEALOUS fan who would never have made this comment had LeBron taken his talents to her team instead of Miami.
This is getting soooo old...



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:39 am
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

Dear Miss WarnerHolt,
You are truly an IDIOT...I forgot what an idiot sounded like, so thanks to your post it reminded me. Another JEALOUS fan who would never have made this comment had LeBron taken his talents to her team instead of Miami.
This is getting soooo old...




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:29 pm
 

LeBron James and his 'soldiers' are 'at war'

How come I have a feeling that if Lepunk was a soldier he would be fighting for the French.  Hitler sure looked proud strutting through the streets of Paris.


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