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Shocking: You people really don’t like LeBron James

Aug 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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LeBron James is no Betty White.

We all knew LeBron’s popularity and marketability took a hit with The Decision (even though you tuned in to watch him play). But now we have evidence of just how hard a hit. You people really don’t like him.

A recent Ipsos poll had LeBron in the bottom 10 of all celebrities in terms of lowest favorability (or high unfavorability). LeBron is in the bottom 10 with Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen. Great company (although that would be an interesting dinner party). (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the link)

The point of the poll was to look at what celebrity would be an effective endorser of a product. Betty White is on top of the list, and not just because she slapped Shaquille O’Neal but because people like her. I mean, I think I own everything she has endorsed because who can say no to Betty White?

The highest ranked athlete? Peyton Manning.

Kobe Bryant shows up on the list of least trusted celebrities in the poll, again with guys like Woods and Trump. But the poll found men like Kobe a lot more than women (shocking).

Bottom line is LeBron took a hit with how he handled his move to Miami. That said, if LeBron and the Heat win a few titles the perception of him will change. It did with Kobe, it does with most celebrities. Winning cures a lot of ills in this country.

  1. cakemixa - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    A Lebron/The Decision story on here? No way.

  2. dirtybird2020 - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    F lebron! No championships will bring back his image, it will make wade look like lebrons pimp! Lebron hater for life!

  3. metalhead65 - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    are you on his payroll or just a lebron fanatic? seriously give it a rest already! look I and most people who hate him will still hate him no matter how many titles he wins. it has nothing to do with his talent although he is overrated he just showed what a self absorbed jerk he was with the decision. this will not change no matter how you want it to or how much you suck up to him.

  4. trbowman - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    People don’t like him because he’s an arrogant turd.

    And he doesn’t tip.

  5. dogsweat1 - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Waiting for the James announcement of taking jumbo sized crap to pass……

  6. 0b1kin0b - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    What do you mean “You People”?

  7. josh928 - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Hahahahah lebron haters back again. Oh an he’s not overrated he’s just better than anyone else on the planet. Being this jealous of a professional athlete must be sad…

    • goforthanddie - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      How’s leb’s sac sweat tasting today? Nice and salty?

  8. goforthanddie - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    “if LeBron and the Heat win a few titles the perception of him will change”
    Are you really that stupid? If he keeps acting like he’s above everyone, the hate will keep growing.

  9. shawnc16 - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Wow, i don’t hate the guy but clearly josh928 is in love with lebron.

  10. vstyle23 - Aug 19, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    I’m not a fan of his arrogance but if he wanted to join the magic, I’d try be at or watch every game. If he joined your team you’d love him to so stop trippin.! Again I’m not a fan of his but him for Dwight, in a New York min.

  11. thetooloftools - Aug 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Hey LeBron… Cleveland calling. You P.O.S. you lifted you leg and pizzed all over us. Your garbage. “I will not rest, until I bring a title to Cleveland”.
    Yea… how did that wok out or us.
    You do not get that LOVE in Miami and if you say you do, you are lying. I really wish I could meet you some time to tell you what an idiot your mother raise. “Never admit your wrong”. Come on Gloria.
    See, you couldn’t form your own Cleveland posse so you left to run with Wade and Bosh. D.Wade said “their was no way I was going to play in Cleveland”.
    How does that make you feel LeBron James. Two Time MVP.
    That is not LOVE.
    LOVE is sacrifice and you got played. PLAYER.
    D Wade punked your (|).
    If he LOVED YOU he would have played in _____ for you.
    How stupid could you be?
    So you left to play with him.
    P L E A S E
    Now we 100% know that you are a caddy and not the player.
    Take you powder clap and be happy.
    “Not 2, not 3… not 4, not 5 or …… SHUT THE F UP.
    You wanted to wear the black hat.
    Went on NATIONAL TV and crapped on us.
    Waited until all the best free agents were signed and then made your “DECISION” so we would suck.
    It worked.
    Yea… we’re supposed to forget.
    HELLO !
    You think we are going to forgive and forget… sorry. Not happening.
    It’s one thing to think we are bitter.
    But this story PROVES we have a reason to ………
    Best Wishes ….cleveland ohio
    you are so missed 😦

  12. amitko - Aug 20, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Man..I hope the lockout ends soon enough…so that Kurt will have something substantive to report on rather than rehashed drivel like this article

  13. southbeachtalent - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Yea for sure!! LeChoke is a choker!! Oh, and he has a vagina!!! YEA! LeSatan!!

    Oh almost forgot LeBrick!!

    I think I covered it all?

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