Lebron James: GOAT or Gross?


USA Today

Lebron James spurs controversy

On Sunday October 11 the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA finals beating the Miami Heat to win the series 4-2. One of the Lakers’ leading players is Lebron James, a man who seems to generate controversy everywhere he goes.

This is James’ fourth championship win with his third team; he won two championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 and another with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. During all of his final appearances he was the MVP and he has won league MVP with the Heat twice during their championship runs and two during his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

When asked about Lebron’s career Sanderson senior Jonathon Mahl said “I think it is fair to say Lebron is one of the most talented players in the history of the sport.”

Despite being widely acknowledged as an incredibly talented player, controversy over his professional decisions and behind the scenes drama is widespread. 

When James first left the Cleveland Cavaliers, he joined the Miami Heat: a team with his rivals Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. The move was criticized by retired players Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, who claimed James should have stayed with the Cavaliers. 

The move was largely perceived as a betrayal to Cleveland and the wider Sports community. With the Cavaliers lowering the price of Lebron merchandise to $17.41 the year Benedict Arnold was born, Lebron wrote an angry Comic Sans letter about it. 

Critics called him unprofessional for televising the signing on reality TV show, “The Decision,” and only informing the Cavaliers organization of his intentions minutes before it was aired. More controversy occurred as a result of an interview with CNN where he stated that, “There’s always – you know, a race factor” when asked about criticism of “The Decision”. 

As a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and supporter of the Black lives matter movement, more controversy has occurred.

After Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed support for the Hong Kong protests, James told him not to speak out. 

Critics accused James of putting money ahead of human rights. Sanderson student Nolan Coppedge said “What a hypocrite he makes this big deal out of Black Lives Matter but when people’s rights mess with his paycheck, he tells them to shut up.”

Lebron James remains one of the most lauded and hated men in the NBA if not all of sports.