LeBron James Says Racism Played A Factor In Public's Opinion About Miami Decision


It seems that some people just can’t get over LeBron James’ decision to join the Miami heat and the NBA baller thinks that race may have been a major factor in the public’s reaction.

In an interview with CNN, LeBron James and his manager/CEO of his marketing company, Maverick Carter, both say that race was a major factor in how the media and public reacted to ESPN’s ‘The Decision.’

In the interview, CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien asked the duo:

“Do you think there’s a role that race plays in [The Decision] this?”

Lebron responded,

“I think so at times. It’s always, you know, a race factor.”

To which Carter follows up stating,

“It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure.”

As an example Carter states that although LeBron used valuable airtime to announce a “decision”  that the public knew for weeks, the media overlooked the fact that advertising money from it was donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

“We own the advertising time. We went out and sold it to brands and we took every time and donated it to charity.”

Although I understand the direction the two were heading when they made the initial claim of racism,  I can’t help but to think that this was a way or ploy to get LeBron back in to the good graces of so many fans that felt let down by the disastrous “decision”.

I think what really needs to happen at this point is people need to move on and LeBron just needs to admit the fact that he Brett Favred everyone and live with the consequences of the decision.

This is not a racist thing, it’s a time wasted thing that has clearly backfired in both LeBron and his manager’s face.

Although racism is not dead, I feel that we as black people tend to cry racism in situations where it’s others simply calling out our bad mistakes.

LeBron is now seeing and feeling that he has been labeled a side kick and I feel he is a bit regretful for leaving a situation where he was “king”.

Bottom line, move on.

I really don’t want to hear that “racism” is a reason that he didn’t get a ring this year.

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  • understandingoverignorance

    No ish Sherlock your black and rich and this nation is in the worst recession since the Great Depression white folks will hate to see a rich black man making more money in a drought.

    Stay positive and buck the haters

  • Anti-believer

    LeBron doesn’t owe those racist nothing!!! Ohio has a lot racist white people there. LOTS!!!!

  • Geeweezy

    and Florida doesn’t. Please to hell with lebreezy

  • Star

    he and mav need to stop talking about it and he needs to just play GREAT bball. just let the raw talent speak for itself. i’m sure no one will be disappointed. trust this…those throwing shade now will be the main ones trying to pop bottles with u in june. 😉

  • Rob

    Seeing that I’m from Cleveland, it is not just the white people that dislike Lebron; white black purple blue, it’s not a race thing. The way he announced his departure was tasteless. The majority of the people are not hating because he left. We understand he wants to win and if he thinks Miami is the way to go then so be it but SMH is correct. He damaged his image and needs to pull the race card. If he handled the situation better, Cleveland would have supported him with any team.

  • mike

    I hope kobe smacks the heat in the face then retires…then I hope orlando stacks up cuz we already kno dwight howard is better then bosh.


    GTFOH.. Dis wut happens wen u put ur “yes men” in positions of power.. Lakers gon stay smashin.. 2011-2012 Champs

  • CuteLittleMe

    That fact that you said he “Bret Favred” everyone is indicative of the prejudice that played a factor because NOT EVEN Brett Favre has dealt with the backlash that Lebron James has.

  • Lebron owes no one anythimg he earned our attention 7 years ago which he why he got it when he aired ”The Decision” to be black and succesful doesn’t cpreespond well in pepples mind because of race, so yeah race played a significant role.

  • Shs

    Lebron is only using the race card now because of whats going on. He did not get Mick Vicked. Hes still playing for the same amt of money. The fans reacted like that because of how he did it. Dont use race as an excuse how lame.

  • sandy

    I live in COlumbus ohio and there arent many racist around me but you never really know