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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

King LeBron? More Like Baby

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“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them,” he said. “I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”LeBron James

Not congratulating someone after they beat you is the epitomy of poor sportsmanship. It’s rude and disrespectful. Then LeBron says if  “someone beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them.” Apparently LeBron has never watched MMA. These guys go toe-to-toe and at the end they embrace, encourage each other and almost always show respect to their opponent. Question for LeBron: why wouldn’t you congratulate them?

He says it “doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.” Really? It has nothing to do with being a competitor. It has everything to do with being gracious and appreciative of the efforts of your opponents, who just beat you fair and square.

The only truth in all of this is that LeBron acted like a big baby. And while he certainly can be forgiven of that, he needs to apologize first. Otherwise he just looks mean-spirited and out of touch. I hope he comes around to seeing that.

  • dhaab

    I was hoping you would blog about this, Zoner. And we couldn’t agree more on this topic. Lebron James is basically getting a free pass for this and I guess I’m not surprised, considering what ESPN considers “news” these days.

    But this man is the poster boy for an entire sport right now. Everything he does is magnified to the extreme. For him to say it’s perfectly okay to not congratulate the other team after a playoff series is beyond pathetic. I’m all for being competitive and trying to get the edge when playing your opponent, but when the games are over, you shake the other guys hand and give him credit for beating you.

  • http://www.pastorbrett.com Brett

    Amen. Hopefully he will grow out of this. He is a young guy.

  • Big D

    LaBron? LaWeak! This was a classless act reminiscent of the 1991 Detroit Piston team that walked off the court with 10 seconds left on the clock after the Bulls finally were able to get past them in the playoffs.

    Too many people kissing this guys ring that makes him act like he’s above all others. Yes, he’s a great talent. And I enjoy watching him play. But if he can’t recognize the other teams effort, then why should I recognize his?

    Slightly off topic…How about the Magic? They look like a pretty good, young team that may be around for a while.

  • http://zonersports.com Zoner

    He’s young Brett, but even little kids know it’s common courtesy to congratulate the victor.

    As for the Magic, I had Lakers/Magic in the finals in a contest at another site. GUess what I won? A LeBron jersey!!! LOL!

  • dhaab

    Congrats, Zoner!
    So, nobody else picked the Magic to make the finals?
    That seems strange to me. Not that I’m a huge fan of the NBA, but of all the teams going into the playoffs, the Magic were the one team I liked watching more than any other. They play as a team, which is RARE in the NBA these days.

  • http://leshockvalue.com shocker.

    The handshake after a game is the most important thing in sports. It shows that while you can be fierce competitors in any arena, afterwards, you have due respect and appreciation for your fellow human being.

    By disregarding and flat out refusing to participate, King James shows not only his spite for sportsmanship, but his deep-down feelings for others around him. Not only does this looks bad for him, but it makes our nation look bad when one of its biggest figures in sports makes such a self-centered display. The image of the rich, selfish American has been broadcast all over the globe – and just when I thought I might be getting back into the NBA, along comes this display to reinforce all of the reasons I stopped watching in the first place.

    I hope he has some time to calm down and reevaluate his thoughts on this topic. If not, such a shame for so much talent to be wasted on a classless individual.

    Now – what’s up with them Cubs?

  • http://zonersports.com Zoner

    I think one other guy had Magic/Lakers. He won the 2nd place prize. Most everyone chose Cavs/Lakers.

    Shocker that’s well-written. The NBA playoffs have been awesome. For the biggest star in the league to do that, it definitely soured some people.

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