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In his UNINTERRUPTED post on September 23rd, LeBron James said, “We all know how much sports
brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care, and the friendships and
everything that it creates. For him to try to use this platform to divide us even more, it’s not something I
could stand for and it’s not something I could be quiet about.”
Dear LeBron, I know you have a high IQ on the basketball court, but I am fairly certain that it does not
extend to all facets of life. To be this naïve is embarrassing: Do you really not see who started using this
platform to divide us? That’s right, Colin Kaepernick and the kneelers. And as they kneeled, and continue
to kneel, President Trump simply spoke what is on the minds of the majority of the 60,000 fans who
stand, with his punchy, and admittedly, uncouth, “Get those SOBS off the field” remarks. Nevertheless,
Trump made the NFL aware that their business will suffer if they do not support and respect the paying
Why didn’t you speak up when Colin originally tried to divide us? Do you think fans want to see a person
playing a game, making more than 20x their salary and bringing a civil rights protest to their enjoyment?
I mean you said it yourself! How sports “brings us together” and how many “friendships [and
opportunities] it creates.” The hypocrisy is unreal. See, LeBron, this is the problem with many people in
life. Either they do not have the brain capacity to understand many perspectives, or they have not been
trained properly. They do not understand moral reasoning unless it pertains to their own satisfaction.
Sure. If you were kneeling because your legs hurt or you were not feeling well, most people would not
have a problem. What standing for the Anthem represents is respect for your nation, love for your
country and the place you want to call home. Some people decided they are going to redefine the
definition of the anthem and protest police brutality at a private business, where people pay top dollar
to have entertainment and enjoyment. Common sense would say bring the issues to the appropriate
locations. Want to protest police brutality? I’m all for it! But bring your demonstrations, time and
resources to the steps outside police departments. And the same rings true for any gripe with Trump: If
you want to protest the indignities you believe to exist, head down to D.C. and make your voice be
heard where it COUNTS.
Of course, people have the free decision to kneel or stand. Fans can simply leave and force the business
to suffer. Then owners can implement a stand policy and fire players who do not obey or players can
quit because they do not like the rule. If the NFL allows them to kneel, eventually sponsors and fan will
stop supporting. Business suffers tragically! If they fire and/or players quit, they will be replaced and
more than likely will be the NFL’s best solution for business.
See LeBron, just like that misinformed protester ranting outside the Cowboys stadium at Jerry Jones, or
a narrow-minded misinformed Michael Wilbon saying “plantation”, people simply just do not get it!
Businesses are allowed to regulate their workers’ behaviors. The Constitution allows private companies
to regulate speech and even to bar political discussion. The first amendment allows freedom of speech,
but it does not pertain to the private work environment. Business owners can terminate or retaliate
against employees for their speech in the workplace.
Just like a beauty salon who fires an employee who smokes in the salon, pushing patrons away…or a fine
dining restaurant owner who fires a waiter with dirty hands and nails which is forcing patrons not to
dine in the restaurant. The owners have the right to protect their business. You would think someone of
Michael Wilbon’s stature could understand this unwritten rule. Case in point, people can excel, just not
at all facets of life.
Outside of sports there will always be issues and struggles in life to overcome, but like you said before
you had a brain fart. So why did you elect not to speak up last year when Colin tried to cause this
Now LeBron, you are the one who tried to make this a Trump thing, rather than Colin’s original purpose
of combatting police brutality. Let me start off by saying, on the matter of this misperceived race issue,
more people than not are tired of hearing it. In all my experiences from growing up I see more racism
from blacks on whites than whites on black (and yes, I’ll admit I have not visited the entire world). But
there are various surveys that support my statement. What people fail to understand is that racism, and
discrimination, will always exist whether it concern being black, white, green, fat, ugly, old, etc. People
will always have things they do not like and views that they consider right.
But when is the playing black race card going to end? Do you not see how many misinformed White
Supremacists show up at their recent rallies? There were less than 300 supporters of the roughly or
more than 240,000,000 whites in the US. That is .00000125% support. Do you realize how tiny of a
percentage that is compared to the criminals of that Black Lives Matter that vandalized the city of
Ferguson? Do you really need me to do the math to see the enormity? Why would misinformed narrowminded Cris Carter continue to refer to the “whites” on national television speaking against the
overwhelming majority of whites supporting equality?
Again LeBron, you want to be a political influencer, but you can’t just speak up on one side without
recognizing some wrong from the other. Look what steamed-rolled the Black Lives Matter movement.
Where was your voice during all that? I mean, if Michael Brown was a white guy, that robbed a
convenient store, assaulted the clerk, and proceeded to try to assault a police officer, do you know what
most people would have said? Well, he robbed a store, assaulted a clerk, and punched a cop…when you
play with fire sometimes you get burned.
What did the majority of the Black Lives Matter community do? They burned buildings, vandalized the
streets and destroyed the city of Ferguson. Where were you to say, “People this is unreasonable, I
cannot sit back any longer. Why are we hurting our people who did not have anything to do with
Michael Brown’s mistakes”? LeBron, it is truly unfair for you to be so biased. We are all one: but
someone with your celebrity status should encourage us to work on solutions for our nation’s issues
instead of adding fuel to the fire. Why didn’t you make a stand then and speak up to the small
percentage of the black community and others, basically criminals, destroying the city of Ferguson and
many innocent people’s property?
LeBron, are blacks really oppressed? Italians, Asians, and Mexicans: are they oppressed? I have never
seen them become a U.S. President. How about Arabics? Whether they are on a plane, train or sitting in
the park they get profiled as a possible terrorist and they face cultural racism because of some
unfortunate people using their religion to inflict harm on innocent people. People discriminate against
older people, different sexualities, ethnicities, religions and many other things. How consumed would
our lives be if these groups decided to protest at work until their satisfactions were met?
Whether you are a bouncer, restaurant owner, a train conductor or a person within any occupation, you
will always find some vain or misinformed jerk treating you unfairly, demoralizing or speaking to you in a
condescending tone. These people get in a position where they think they are above others and should
be respected that way. They are in every industry, and they will always exist.
LeBron, look how vain and selfish you can be! I am sure you thought it was important to announce your
“Decision” in a very egotistical way. You did not feel there was a need to inform your teammates, coach
or owner of your decision. You thought it was better to have suspense, stand out and support your ego,
consequently breaking many friends and Clevelanders’ hearts. You were so consumed about how
important you needed to feel rather than how your decision would negatively affect so many people
who adored you. Where was your moral compass to subtlety inform close teammates and fans that you
thought it was in your best interest to leave? What about when you went on-the-air to publicly
announce you are the best player on earth and your constant reminder that you need to lead YOUR
soldiers, YOUR teammates, and YOUR team. LeBron you are a person who can play basketball, but you
speak as if you are larger than life.
The same way you get these personalities in your industry, you also get them in the police department,
bars, brokerages, etc. I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but truly: You are going to run into a small
percentage of egotistical, vain, narrow-minded individuals who think they are more important and
demand to be recognized as such everywhere. Many people whether it is Cris Carter, (who is a very
narrow-minded thinker) or deplorable White Supremacists, just cannot change their moral perceptions.
They can only see black or white answers that give them the illusion that they have ALL the answers.
Parents, guardians, and influencers will always have a huge impact on the youthful children. Whether
they are crying racism or yelling that cops are bad, we will always have discrimination issues. So many
people today are growing up in households and environments where they are force-fed misinformation,
ignorance and negativity on important issues in society, which can make it difficult to overcome. Your
mind is so occupied with work, bills and kids when you get older, there is not enough time to make
sense of things.
How many families grow up imparting bad sentiments to and instilling poor values in their children? On
both sides, you hear families telling their kids, “White people are racist” or “Black people are no good”
and of course it’s wrong! But kids also live in environments that are denigrating the law. They hear
things their entire childhood such as “police are pigs,” “f*** the police,” and “here come the police,”
which teaches kids that police are bad. Nothing could be further from the truth! The majority of law
enforcement have great intentions.
Sure, I agree: We need to develop a better system of processes and procedures to have police officers
screened, tested to a criteria for a set of commonplace, conscientious values, and provided more
education on dealing with the Black community issues. We can certainly look to resolve people’s issues
by improving police engagement and less use of deadly force. This will not only reduce bad hires, but
ultimately reduce the use of excessive force.
In the meantime, we should teach all people, regardless of race, who get pulled over or run into a police
officer, to work on being more respectful and non-argumentative. African-Americans are 14.5% of the
population, but there is 5.1x the rate of blacks to whites in prison. We need to teach all types of people
to be more respectful to police and to abide by the rules. Yes, many police officers can be stern,
condescending and leave a bad taste in our mouths. But the Black community thinks they are the only
ones to experience egotistical, condescending officers, when in fact, we all experience it. Before I
matured, I was a very aggressive driver, and I would venture to guess I had over 50 experiences dealing
with officers. The majority of the time, these encounters left a very bad taste in my mouth. But I’ve
learned to liken the police to the drill sergeant, the principal, the authority figure, and we must all learn
to swallow our pride and de-escalate situations. You do not talk trash like you are on the basketball
court. Police do not know if they are dealing with a good person or a murderer, and polite answers will
ultimately be the best solution. If people work on being respectful, then we can help build the Black
community’s reputation when dealing with police officers, and hopefully this will encourage officers to
be less defensive and more effective communicators during their encounters. If we as a nation can try to
improve in these areas we will see very promising results.
Okay, so there are some bad apples with egos and madness that slide through the job screening, but
overall law enforcement are good courageous people. Their job is very difficult, stressful and they
accept a responsibility that many people do not want to carry. People should be more sympathetic and
respectful of that. “Hundreds and hundreds of rounds fired. Many people injured and dead, coming
from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Resort Hotel.” LeBron, do you want to close in on that 32nd floor
where it might be rigged with explosives? Do you want to be the officers who walk through that hotel
room? Do you want to be the officer who responds to domestic disputes and gets shot in the head after
he knocks on the door? No, you want to shoot the basketball and tip your hat to kneelers who are
protesting against the very same policer officers who you call to escort you through traffic to get to the
Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z concert. LeBron, are you seriously this misinformed?
Ultimately, we need to get rid of ourselves of this Black victimization mentality. Not only are many Black
people shaking their heads, but your ancestors are rolling over in their graves. If I were to walk in a Black
man, an Arabic man, handicap, or mentally challenged man’s shoes, I would have a positive attitude to
still have the opportunity to chase dreams and enjoy the gifts of life. People wear difficult shoes no
matter what race they are. Hearing athletes speak out where 99.9999% of the population would love to
have the treatment, approval and respect an athlete receives because he can shoot a basketball, hit a
baseball, or score a touchdown is too ridiculous. These same athletes enjoy these benefits from youth to
death. Any race, or any culture, would love to experience that degree of success, even just for one day.
What people need to do, instead of crying about the things they do not have, is be thankful for what
they do have and make positive strides for future generations. And when I say positive strides, I do not
mean kneeling and causing division.
Do you really think the Houston Texans players needed to broadcast their meeting with owner, Bob
McNair? Of course, McNair used a poor choose of words "We can't have the inmates running the
prison," McNair said of the protest movement. Does it take a rocket scientist to see that McNair was
trying to make a point that you cannot let the students run the school? Common sense would suggest
that he was making a point that you cannot surrender the power to those who you are leading. Of
course, he used a very poor example, but the team cannot handle this internally? The NFL players have
to whine, pout, and stir up more controversy when it was clear on the owner’s intentions. Again, very
poor choose of words, but mishandled again by the lack of common sense of the players. Please, let the
country concentrate on more important issues, then rich athletes crying about misuse of words.
LeBron, I am truly not trying demoralize you. Since your first Finals appearance with the Cavs, I have
been arguing with people for years, that if I had to build a team, LeBron is my first pick. You are the only
player in history that can play all 5 positions and be first team all-star at any position. Like I said in an
earlier post, there was not one person who wanted Trump in office less than me, and there is not a
person who validated you more as a first choice over any pick that ever existed. But, when you opened
your mouth on your decision, and then you opened your mouth with your “best player on earth”
comment and on several occasions with, “I need to lead my soldiers, I need to lead my team” I started to
see how truly out of touch you are. Now you speak out on issues with the wrong point of view and a
sense of self-importance. Like you felt a need to speak out, I felt a need to speak back. Obviously your
brand is very profitable, but your common sense values have been slipping. Once again, with all your
money, I would highly recommend hiring some common sense advisers; put the humble hat back on.
We do NOT have a race issue, we have an egotistic issue and a common sense awareness issue. As far as
society is concerned, we are all equal. However, so many people think they are better than the next
person. I have witnessed this among all ethnic backgrounds, as it occurs on an individual level and is
amplified in poor bubble and groupthink. People believe they are superior, their ways are right, and they
are a gift of life. For people who have the gift of moral logic or who were fortunate to learn, they do
believe we are all equal. To better serve each other, we should stand together and learn ways to teach
people that we are one, we are all equal, and we are to respect everyone’s values so long as we are not
harming one another.
We need to teach our youth that we are all equal. Some of us have different talents and abilities. But we
are no better than the person on our right or left…maybe just a little more fortunate than some. Kids
need to learn whether you are born with a disability or a remarkable talent, it does not make you better
than the next person. We really need to express this during early developing stages all the way through
to adulthood and continue to influence these beliefs. We need to teach the young people not to be
selfish. We need to really help them to develop a strong, very powerful moral conscience to better suit
the world. If kids can learn to be unselfish, less vain and more appreciative of the value of living, maybe
we can help prevent disasters like the Boston Marathon, Pulse, Mandalay Bay, Sutherland Springs
Church, and more. We need to teach kids that just because they have different views or do not agree
with others’ values, be they political or religious, stealing a life away can never be validated. People have
one life, and as long as they are not imposing any physical harm, let them have the right to believe what
You hear many Black people make statements that White people don’t want to acknowledge racism or
something along the lines of “I can’t talk to white people on this subject.” There is some truth to that
because the majority of the white population believes in equality. Although white population is more
than 4x the black population, percentage-wise we are probably fairly close to who is more of a racist.
There have been many studies that showed white people suffer more bias today than blacks. Not to
mentions the fact white people and all people face discrimination issues, with regard to sexual
orientation, mental or physical disabilities, being less attractive, education, social status, and the list
goes on and on.
Many people don’t want to listen, especially to fortunate celebrities or to successful people complaining
about what they don’t have or what “their people” lack. Whites or any race have their own issues of
discrimination they struggle with and battle with every day of their life. Others are so consumed with
challenges they face or create unrealistic expectations in their own mind, they cannot sympathize or
relate to others’ issues. The bottom-line, is yes, black people have many people that may discriminate
against them, but every race, gender, culture, religion, sexuality, and much more face judgement and
negativity. Although society as a whole recognizes that we are all equal, people from all backgrounds
judge or treat people in inferior ways. Whether it was instilled in them from the start, their brains
cannot process, or they are far too egotistical.
People facing this bias cannot allow things to have a negative effect on their lives. Every community
needs to wake up and be thankful for the opportunities they have, work to provide for themselves,
chase dreams and aspirations, and ultimately enjoy things along the way. We all face challenges, but
instead of giving up or inventing reasons why things are so difficult, find ways to make a positive
contribution to all communities.
LeBron, if you want to make a positive contribution, it is time for you to wake up and open your eyes.
Stop choosing a side and causing more friction. We already have to deal with the media influencers and
how they constantly make a negative contribution to the issues at hand, to engage more readers. They
too share some responsibility by reinforcing racism through news media. There is only one side, the
American people. We need to positively promote equality and address all the underlying issues that
stand as obstacles. We must do a better job of schooling on equality, respect for others’ beliefs and
values, combatting narrow-mindedness/egos, acknowledging the many gifts of life, practicing common
sense and personal responsibility and how to exercise the proper approach when dealing with an
authority figure. This should be taught in preschool and reinforced our entire lives.
It is time for all of us to stand up! Players should not have to lose their jobs, NFL teams should not have
to lose revenue, and fans should not have to lose out on entertainment. LeBron, everyone in The United
States of America should be made to know that we are one. Let’s eliminate checking the boxes: White,
Hispanic, Black, etc. If we want to eliminate race and these invented issues, we need to stop
distinguishing each other. We are one race, and that is The Human Race!
Your Average Guy!
PS. Please, let’s move forward and stand tall on Sunday
#WeAreUnited# WeAreATeam# WeAreAmerica #StandTall #Love #military #equality
#BlacksAreDefinitelyEqual #WeAreAllTheSame #HumanRights #peace
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