LeBron James likes to meddle in things he’s not invited to all the time.
Remember when LeBron James and Kevin Durant famously bashed President Trump a couple years ago and then got offended when Fox News star Laura Ingraham told them to “shut up and dribble?” James offered his incredibly divisive opinion when nobody was asking for it.
And he continues to do exactly that to this day. That’s why it wasn’t a surprise to learn LeBron James is trying to force the NFL to make this enormously dangerous anti-American move.
LeBron James cannot possibly conceive of how divisive he actually is. The most revered and famous American athlete of his generation has to realize that his words have consequences, more so in fact because of the gravity of his fame.
James cannot go anywhere in the world without nearly everybody knowing exactly who he is. That means when James says anything, it reaches to the far ends of the globe. That’s the kind of power he wields just for being a professional athlete.
So, when James shares hateful rhetoric about the President of the United States of America, his opinions on the matter are incredibly divisive to the country. This is why Ingraham told James to “shut up and dribble.”
James, of course, didn’t heed Ingraham’s advice. In fact, he’s gone in the complete opposite direction. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is now demanding the NFL make an official apology to America’s most divisive figure, disgraced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who claimed to be blackballed for kneeling during the national anthem.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek late last week, James demanded an apology to prove the NFL is “listening” to its players.
James said, “As far as the NFL, I’m not in those locker rooms, I’m not with those guys, but I do understand that an apology — I have not heard a true, official apology to Colin Kaepernick on what he was going through and what he was trying to tell the NFL and tell the world about why he was kneeling when he was doing that as a San Francisco 49er. I just see that to still be wrong. Now they are listening some, but I still think we have not heard that official apology to a man who basically sacrificed everything for the better of this world.”
James’ comments on the matter ignore one huge part of Kaepernick’s alleged “blackball” from the NFL, which is that he wasn’t that good anymore. Kaepernick isn’t on a roster right now due to a combination of demanding more salary than he’s worth, creating headaches due to the media hysteria if he makes a roster, and that he’s not as good as he used to be.
Everybody assumes Kaepernick can just step right in and win Super Bowls, but he hasn’t played a single snap in nearly 4 years.
Do you think Michael Phelps can just win Olympic Gold Medals after taking a four-year break or do you think it takes months or years to get in that kind of shape?
Also, James completely ignored the fact that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell already adjacently addressed this issue.
In early June, Goodell said, “We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”
But apparently that wasn’t enough for James?
You know how the old saying goes; if you give a mouse a cookie, it’s going to want a glass of milk.
In the meantime, James has been spouting off about “structural racism” in voting. James said in response to the long lines to vote in the Georgia Primaries recently, “Everyone talking about ‘How do we fix this?’ They say, ‘Go out and vote?’ What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?”
James needs to pump the breaks on his divisive rhetoric. He’s too famous to handle words so carelessly.