Backing up LeBron

18 Feb

Let’s be honest. Many times people act like imbeciles at sporting events. They use words they would never use in a normal situation. They make comments that would lead to altercations if they were said anywhere else. I don’t know if it is the mob mentality, the presumed anonymity of being one of thousands of people, or just the knowledge that no one being yelled at is supposed to respond. While LeBron James has gotten some criticism for a recent verbal exchange with a fan who taunted him with a rumor about his mother, I think he made an excellent point.

From the Twitter of NBC Washington’s Sarah Kogod, the following is what James said.

According to Moore, LeBron said “The only reason you talk [expletive] is because you know I can’t come off the court right now and beat your ass”…

…Also according to Moore, LeBron continued “But if I had a free pass, I’d kick your ass right now.”

In my opinion, not only is James within his rights to respond to someone who starts a conversation, he is absolutely right in what he said. There is no way that some fan would actually try to fight James.

I have not been able to find a picture of Moore, but there is no doubt in my mind that he is shorter, weaker and less fit than James, and it would be the easiest activity James has ever undertaken to kick Moore’s behind.

The fan made a stupid comment. This is a basketball game, not a soap opera, so there should be no discussion of mothers and their love lives.

Should James have let it roll right off him and not acknowledged Moore? Probably, but he is not a machine. He is a person. If someone said something about a family member of mine, I would be upset too, and I expect you would have the same reaction.

From someone whose shows of extravagance and drama have often distanced him from ordinary people, this response from James is actually rather humanizing, in my opinion. If this is the worst thing he ever says to a fan, he is well within the bounds of an acceptable statement.

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