While the agreement surrounding the greatest basketball player of all-time gets fogger and fogger, what is becoming more and more clear is the drama that follows LeBron wherever he goes. When he left Cleveland the first time, drama between him and Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert leaked out. When he returned home to the Cavs, conflict between Kevin Love and the team leaked out. No matter where he goes, drama follows.
As someone who generally supports LeBron, and gets called a ‘LeBron apologist’ at times this is one of the knocks against him I can not argue and is currently effecting the Kyrie Irving trade situation. It was reported by Stephen A. Smith of ESPN earlier today that Irving’s camp is “disgusted” because they believe LeBron’s team leaked the news originally which I completely buy into. James is smart and realizes that if he does leave Cleveland for a second time after this year, he will be ripped to shreds by the Cavaliers’ fanbase…he needs an excuse. When the 14-year vet got word of this, I would not be surprised at all if James saw this as his way out. The excuse he can give to Cleveland and say, ‘See, Kyrie wanted out and Kevin and I can’t do it on our own.’
While this in itself is bad enough, LeBron made it worse by posting this video on Instagram that showed himself nodding to a Meek Mill’s song that included the following line: “N—– say they with you when they really not.” This is just he latest example of James using social media in a light in which it shouldn’t be used by superstars. Not only does the second best basketball of all-time send out tweets a lot, (12 times in the past week) he often uses it to address issues regarding his career.
Remember this tweet that many thought was aimed at his current teammate Kevin Love:
Or what about this one after he left Cleveland which was aimed at Gilbert:
Or what about this cryptic tweet last year:
Or this one too:
If this was an isolated incident or two, I would have no problem with it, but it clearly isn’t. Addressing your feelings over teammates and management shouldn’t be made public over social media. Now listen, I am not one to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do when they aren’t playing their sport, but this crosses the line. Not to mention, that it just adds to the reasons why drama seems to follow him wherever he is.
LeBron knows this isn’t good for him too. Why does he basically shutdown social media activity when it really counts during the NBA playoffs? Because it is a distraction to him and the team. However, what he fails to realize or care about is that it can do the same during the offseason or regular season. When you are trying to build long-term relationships with other world-class and ego-driven athletes, you have to cater to them. Teammates like Love and Irving having to worry if you are going to leak information or send out a tweet about them, is not something they should have to spend their time doing. But right now, that is exactly what LeBron has them doing.
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-Article by Nick Friend