Please Stop Talking About LeBron James and The Decision
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think it was July 2 or, at the very latest, July 30. Although LeBron James made his decision to join the Miami Heat allllllllll the way back on July 1, the media won’t seem to let it go. The latest news? A CNN reporter asked LeBron James if he thought the backlash against him after The Decision had anything to do with his race. “I think so at times,” he replied. “It’s always, you know, a race factor.”
His manager Maverick Carter also told CNN he believed race played a major role in how the media and the general public reacted to James’s decision to “take his talents to South Beach” this fall. “It’s…about control and not doing it the way it’s always been done or not looking the way that it always looks,” Carter told CNN.
Of course, they’re both right. Whether you or I or anyone else wants to believe it or not, race plays a role in everything in this country. So the CNN reporter had every right to ask LeBron about his reaction to the rest of the world’s reaction as it pertains to race. That’s all well and good with me.
What I can’t believe is that nearly three months after The Decision, CNN, ESPN and the media as a whole still wants to talk about it. Even after all the debate and the scrutiny, all anyone wants to talk about when it comes to the NBA is LeBron’s decision to join the Heat. With everything that’s going on, there are still people out there finding fresh angles and new takes on a story that’s—hello!—an old story.
Listen, I realize by writing this post, I’m a part of the problem. I’m talking about LeBron and The Decision again, therefore, I’m no better than the woman that who down with LBJ for CNN and asked him about everything that went into his decision. But, come on: Someone eventually has to come forward and say, ‘You know what? Enough with all the talk about The Decision. What’s done is done. Let’s talk about basketball.’
Did race play a part in the coverage that LeBron’s decision received? Of course it did. But, do we really need another week’s worth of coverage of The Decision to get the point? No. Do we need to hear what everyone in the world thinks about The Decision all over again? No. Can we just move on? Please!
LeBron himself might have put it best when asked about his race comments yesterday. “I think people are looking too far into it,” he said. “I’ve said what I had to say and I’ll continue to move on.”
Now, can the rest of us finally move on, too?