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LeBron James vents a little on Facebook

Aug 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

NBA basketball player James of the Miami Heat gestures as he attends a promotional event in Beijing Reuters

If you’re a celebrity — say, a nationally recognized basketball star like LeBron James — it’s hard to just go to a movie or dinner and blend in.

First off, when you’re 6’8” you don’t really blend into the crowd anyway. Then once you stand out and are recognized, you can simply be hounded for photo and autograph requests (not to mention the guy with this great business idea for you to partner with). Some cities let celebrities be better about it than others, but there is really nowhere LeBron can just hang out in public without drawing attention.

Don’t play the world’s smallest violin for the man — he stepped willingly into the spotlight and is well compensated for his fame. It’s not exactly “ mo money mo problems” here, just the price of celebrity. But put yourself in the shoes of any hounded celebrity and if you can’t see where the frustration comes from then you’re judgment is clouded.

I don’t know what set him off specifically, but LeBron was clearly frustrated Sunday night and he took to Facebook to vent about it.

Man it’s hard to go out and have a good time these days! It’s cool though, it’s part of my life. Wouldn’t change anything (just saying). Been in the spotlight since I was 15. Sometimes u just wanna STOP!! But I refuse cause I have a commitment to the youth to inspire them!! That will keep me pushing forward and focused alone.

LeBron will now be hammered in the comments here, as he heard on Facebook. Have at him. Taking to Facebook to vent about this may not have been the smartest PR move.

But I can see why there would be times he is frustrated.

  1. acdc363 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    That quote is hardly worth busting out the pitchforks over…

    • spthegr8 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Sooooooooo maybe I’m missing something but…….What did he say that was so bad??? Sometime’s when your the best @ something ( & in Lebron’s case sometime’s, really means ALL the time ) People ( Namely the media & other hater’s and “trolls” ) try to make you look the WORST for it!!!! & I’m not even a Heat fan but MAAAAAANNNN.. People LOVE to HATE on this guy!! Just Sayin’!!!!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      LeBron’s tweet was probably in response to DeShawn Stevenson’s creepy stalking of him over the past 48 hours.

  2. kingwithringz - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Its cool LBJ. After all the scrutiny, you got 4MVPs, 2Finals MVPs, and 2NBA championships. Not bad.

    • kingwithringz - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Oh yeah. Shoulda had 5MVPs if the media didn’t “give” Derrick Rose one.

      • malek773 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Derrick Rose won that MVP, no one gave it to him. He’ll win it this year too

      • stayhigh_247 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        @kingwithringz
        stop hating on D Rose, I bet you couldn’t guard him. Lebron isn’t the only great player in the league, you might wanna loosen up on his jock strap, he’s been venting on FB about guys like you…

      • tbanks316 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        Let’s face it – the Bulls win the majority of their games for four reasons:

        1. Defense
        2. Rebounding
        3. Thibs great coaching
        4. D Rose

        Rose should not have been mvp. Want proof? The Bulls made it to the second round of the playoffs with half the team suffering from injuries! That’s great coaching people.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      so retire, forget the money.

  3. jadaruler - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    The media didn’t give Rose damn thing. People love to forget the Bulls had the best record in the East during the first two years of the Heat run. Best player on the best usually has a great shot to win MVP (unless you play in San Antonio).

    As for Lebron’s quote he’s right. It must be crazy to have every inch of your life analyzed. I know he has it better than 99% of us but we will never know how heavy his shoes have been since 15.

  4. babyfarkmcgeezax - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Inspire kids to do what? Inspire them to have league commissioners rig championships for them?

    • bizzmoneyb - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      hate on, hater. we love it.

    • sprint32 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Inspire them to work hard and accomplish your goals. League didnt do ish idiot”

      • blurayharris - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Exactly, these haters are idiots… Did the league fabricate Bosh getting that rebound or Ray Allen 3 point shot being so automatic that it hurts?… I think not, some things are just meant to be.

        #EarnedNotGiven

    • tda22 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      You are truly an idiot-hater. There’s hater’s and idiot’s but you are both. That’s just a dumb comment.

    • scottpax - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      He inspires millions to become a corporate commodity.

  5. abchome - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    No big deal.

  6. qbcoach9 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    No hammering LeBron…he’s become a class act 99% of the time and expressed frustration of celebrity in a positive way. Good for him and good for the sport.

  7. ocgunslinger - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    So exactly what did he say that was so out of line?

  8. cheeks9441 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    He reportedly used Facebook to vent because Jim Gray was on vacation.

    • cheeks9441 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      But seriously, though, this is a non-story.

  9. bizzmoneyb - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    big deal. he said its hard to go out. thats something to criticize? think about how some of these celebs have to live. they cant go ANYWHERE without being hounded or photographed. some of them cant even have privacy in their own home.. there are crazy no life paparazzi sitting in the bushes photographing them while they swim in their pool. think about living with someone watching you ALL THE TIME.

  10. huskerguy - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Meh… Not like he went all stupid. He did the whole reversal by venting with the reason to vent followed by “LeBron loves the little children” ditty.

    Seen worse.

  11. hwatt - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    wow Kurt. Slow. News. Day. that was a nothing fb post. I prefer you get on the case about D-Rose’s preference of mild sauce or hot sauce.

  12. bmoreravens1012013 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Inspire them to fold and leave if things arnt going as theyd like. Basically be a quitter and try to buy rings by finding the next superstars to team up with. I can’t wait til he teams up with Kevin Durant…lol

    • jfleming0480 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Because that’s what this article is about…

  13. ryanrockzzz - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I think Lebron is entitled to vent just like anyone else. If he were out partying every night, and he was taking every offer to be in the public spotlight, much like Johnny Football, then maybe I would have a hard time feeling any sympathy. Seems like Lebron is just experiencing a byproduct of fame. That byproduct is completely tolerable however when you can pay all of your bills, buy what you want, and live a freedom where you can make all of your own choices for you, and not for any other reason.

  14. timb12 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    While he didn’t say anything too bad or anything that can be taken too far, I’m not a fan of people who complain about something and then say it’s not a big deal. If it wasn’t a big deal, he wouldn’t have talked about it.

  15. hatesycophants - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Whenever a guy who is supposed to be a writer starts a paragraph with “First off”, that’s when I stop reading.

    Good luck in eighth grade English Composition!

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      ? I think he’s supposed to be a basketball player…

  16. espfdps - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    How DARE lebron say he’d like to enjoy a nice outing with his family!!!!! Lets start the riot now!!!

  17. sbmcintosh36 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Getting really tired of the “he went off” or “he blasted so so” he said nothing out line as usual the media blows something completely out of proportion I’m sure it’ll be the lead on the worldwide leader all day until the suspensions are FINALLY handed out.

  18. jfleming0480 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Of that entire paragraph, only two sentences were anything resembling venting. And they were “Man it’s hard to go out and have a good time these days” and “Sometimes u just wanna STOP”
    The rest is him accepting his role to the youth and saying he’s had to deal with this since he was 15. Not only accepting his importance to the youth but saying he is striving to inspire them. I think this a little bit of an overreaction to a very normal thing for someone like him to say.

  19. loungefly74 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    in the grande scheme of life…not a big deal. does it hurt his credibility as a person? i little. it was kinda dumb to say that. he should adhere to Tim Duncan’s paradigm.

  20. mrjackson777 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Friend of mine said she met Lebron and some other Cavs in the Beechwood, Mall. ALL the other Cavs were cool she said, signing autographs talking to people. She said he just kinda stood off to the side and was aloof. I tried to explain he’s not a jerk, just used to being followed and fawned over since he was 16.

  21. ffrdru - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    must be a slow news day in nba.

  22. modellforprez - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    How about this. Leave him alone. dude can say anything he wants. he is not talking about anybody but himself and his life. so why would he get hammered here, Cause he voiced his displeasure with not having alotta privacy so what. Nothing here keep it moving

  23. panchopolarbear - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    “Given a chanpionship”? Lmao LeBron haters are getting dumber and dumber.

  24. jimispackers - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    “…Sometimes u just wanna STOP!! …”
    Actually, that is exactly what happened against the Celtics when you still played for the Cavs, LeBron.
    Love Jimi.

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