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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.  

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:42 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

y do u even give a hoot to this lebron who?

w/ the delonte cougar affair that his mom was carrying ur not even sure if his mama is his real mama......

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:29 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

My only problem with LeBron is that he has started to display bad manners.  We know his mother taught him better, and he has been a model citizen since childhood.  He is also slipping on his communication skills, but a guy who has a microphone in his face most of the day deserves for lapses, here and there.  How about these suggested alternatives:

1. "Dan (Gilbert...Cavs owner), I've decided to leave"...before his celebrated televised "Decision" - whether it's a personal or professional relationship, everyone knows that you break up directly with the other involved person.
2. "Mr. Reporter, that was a retarted question."...speaking into the microphone - everyone knows that whispering in the presence of others is rude.

...bad manners are just not acceptable from a man of LeBron's stature and background.  As for his communication skills, with his Nike endorsement, he really should know the drill..."Just Say It".

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:55 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Matt Moore is RETARDED! To report on something so Stupid! Ask a Stupid question a nd get a Stupid answer.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:11 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

You guy got it all wrong. Here my two cents worth...

The Kobe 'Faggot' comment got blowned out of proportion was RETARDED!!!

And this Lebron 'Retarded' comment situation is really GAY!!!

Oh did I just insulted everyone...My bad!

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 5:26 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

I think it's funny

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:54 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

This article and this issue is "retarded". 

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:21 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

1.  Report on something to do with the NBA

2.  I don't like the Heat and do not like LeBron, but this is retarded.

3.  This "PC" world needs to go away along with the far left who has thrust it upon us.

If someone wants to say "fag" or "retard" or anything else, so be it.  They are not offenses that need to have someone derided or fired.  If someone is ignorant for their speech, fine, but we need to stop crucifying everyone who utters something that MAY be taken in the wrong context.

Our society has become so paranoid about offending anyone and everyone.  No wonder we are getting soft.  The second someone utters something that MAY offend someone, 75 activist groups jump on thier bandwagon screaming for justice. 

The whole PC world has become simply retarded.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:32 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

His birth certificate may say he's only 26 but that old looking face and his pulled back hairline shows he's about 40

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:32 am

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

The heck with Political Correctness.  We are all sick of it.   It's a retarded question.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:37 pm

LeBron calls a reporter's question 'retarded'

Yawn. One word. Get over it.

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