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LeBron brings sunshine to some vile “haters”

Oct 20, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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The great thing about social media like Twitter is it opens us up to all the people of the world.

The bad thing about Twitter is that some people we’re exposed to are just scum.

Nobody knows that like professional athletes. There are plenty of “haters” of LeBron James out there, but Tuesday he decided to have what he called “hater day” on his Twitter account where he retweeted and exposed just some of the vile crap he gets sent daily.

There were suggestions he kill himself, other people using all sorts of derogatory terms. One tweet sent to LeBron called him “a big nosed big lipped bug eyed $&($%@ (it was a racial slur). Ur greedy, u try to hide ur ghettoness.” It went on and on like that.

LeBron wanted people to see just what he gets sent his way, he told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

“I just want you guys to see it also,” James said after the Heat’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “To see what type of words that are said toward me and towards us as professional athletes. Everybody thinks it is a bed of roses and it’s not.”

Like how cockroaches scatter when you turn on the lights, people like this shut up fast when a light is shined on them. As Tom Ziller put it on Twitter, sunshine is the best disinfectant.

Some say that putting these tweets out there just encourages them. But I think society needs the occasional reminder that in the end this is a game, entertainment. And while we should be emotionally invested, there are limits.

But really, the tweets say less about the game or LeBron than the screw-ups that sent them. Just a reminder that some people are just scum and need to be exposed to the sunshine.

  1. silk32 - Oct 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM


  2. twoforthemoney2127 - Oct 20, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    SAD…. Who did he kill??? That what haters sound like!! keep it moving

  3. zackd22 - Oct 20, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Um, athletes have been getting this kind of stuff pre-Lebron and pre-twitter.

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    I’m no LeBron fan.

    I’m not against him leaving Cleveland but I don’t approve on how he chose to leave the team.

    But that being said, no matter how much I question his maturity, no one, not even LeBron, deserves to be insulted that way. Bad breeding and despicable class-less behavior can never be justified.

  5. hnirobert3 - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    I’m a Heat fan, born and raised, grew up 15 minutes from the old Orange Bowl, and I’m just ASTONISHED at how personal people take sports. I live and die by my teams, but if a player leaves for another opportunity, it is what it is and it’s there right. He didn’t force a trade (ala ‘Melo) but served his time and left when his contract was up. Dolphins fans were livid when Jason Taylor left for the Jets and I just don’t understand why. You do not OWN these athletes. Yes, you “pay” their salaries by going to games, but you’re paying to see them by choice, you’re not obligated to.

    Obviously “The Decision” was a terrible choice, and embarrassing for not only him but the whole city of Cleveland, but it’s not like he’s been busted for driving drunk, raping, killing, beating up someone or kiddie porn.

    What’s insane to think about is the amount of emails, tweets, etc. that he’s received and that he’s just now publishing them. Sounds like a lot of the hate towards him is race related.

  6. ljl2 - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    I think this is just as bad as anybody else but to use this as a way to play victim because a few people who were gonna have this opinion no matter if he stayed or went because they are inherently racist is just sad. What’s even worse is that the media fell for it. Every athlete deals with racism, but to play victim for people being upset about your promises of loyalty and then turning your back on those, it doesn’t make you the victim when moderate, mainstream people get upset.

  7. ljl2 - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    another thing. lets not forget that LeBron started his twitter right around the time that he made “the decision.” so it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that he has been getting harrassing comments everyday. For a guy who shied away from the spotlight off the court in Cleveland, he sure is trying to do everything he can to get as much of it as he can now. (trying to assert himself as top dog in Miami?)

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