ill doctrine: How LeBron James Broke the Golden Rule[s] of Sports

LeBron James on losing the championship:

“All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today.”

You can always count on Jay Smooth to provide fair insight into current events and hot topics. And although I still hate his name (how about Jay S? or just Jay?), I appreciate his thoughts on the whole LeBron post-game statement issue.

In truth, I wish  ill-Jay (ok, that was the last name suggestion) would have focused a bit more on the tone of condescension in LeBron’s statement. Yes, James broke several rules of sports and sportsmanship (including the one that encourages the non-winners to lose gracefully), but his greatest offense is that he used his failure as an opportunity to imply that his life is better than ours. The ultimate sports sin, in my opinion.


While you may despise those that throw darts at you, you’ve got to learn the value of responding tactfully. To Jay Smooth’s point in the above video, fans use sports as an escape from reality and someone will ALWAYS be rooting for the other team. And like all of the great athletes before you, jeers come with the job. Reminder: Your fans aren’t the only ones that pay your bills. Haters purchase tickets too, if even to boo you.

So, young man, the next time you are tempted to spit on the pitiful lives of those that want you to fail, follow these steps: take out your iPhone, glance at your bank account, muster up some appreciation and just say as heartfelt as you can, say “That’s fine. We can’t all root for the same team.” And, as Andre 3000 encourages, if you ain’t got nothin’ good, say nathan.

Remember, physical ability is great, but class is another ingredient that legends are made of.

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