For someone who’s been famous for his entire adult life, LeBron James has been a paradigm of virtue. No scandals, no f*ck ups, no arrests. The worst thing he’s ever done was leave a floundering Cavaliers franchise to go win some titles with his buddy D-Wade down in Miami, before returning to Cleveland to deliver the city its first sports title in 50 years. He’s been everything you want in a role model and more.
On the eve of the NBA Finals, a highly anticipated rubber match between his Cavs and the Golden State Warriors, some knucklehead decided to scrawl the N-word across the gate of James’ Los Angeles mansion. The vandal has his work cut out for him, given that 75% of the NBA is black, so he better go back to Target and boost some more cans.
Following this act of bigotry, LeBron took to the airwaves (via ESPN) to address the situation with the poise we’ve come to expect from the face of the NBA.
“If it takes for someone to spray paint my gate and use that derogatory term — that hate on my family — to shed a light on what the real issue is in the world, then so be it,” he said.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. We’ve got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.”
You can bet the farm James is gonna go off in the NBA Finals. If the vandal’s intention was to give ‘Bron that little bit of extra juice the Cavs need to take down the Warriors, he probably succeeded. Otherwise, he he did more to galvanize the country than divide it because everyone — white, black, brown, yellow, purple — loves them some LeBron James.