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Why Did LeBron James Thank His Deadbeat Dad On Instagram The Other Night?

Submitted by on February 21, 2014 – 11:19 amOne Comment
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If LeBron James‘ dad hadn’t abandoned him and his mother when he was a kid, maybe he wouldn’t have had to move around so often when he was younger. Maybe he would have been able to grow up in one house, attend the same school year after year, and have a positive male influence in his life. Maybe he even would have chosen another career path and shied away from playing professional basketball. He could very well be doing something completely different at the present moment, if not for his dad. So in a weird—a very weird way—LeBron has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to his father. And in the latest issue of GQ, LeBron went out of his way to thank the man who ran out on him and his mom.

“Like, ‘Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today,’” he told GQ, before posting the quote on his Instagram page the other night. “The fuel I use—you not being there—it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors…So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?”

In his Instagram post, James also added the following caption: “Because of you Pops! Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself.”

It was a little weird that, of all the quotes he provided GQ with recently, he chose to include that one in an Instagram post. It’s not exactly the most upbeat one and the idea of “thanking” a deadbeat dad is strange. But we imagine LeBron did it to encourage all of those kids out there who don’t have a father to use it as motivation moving forward. Just because you don’t have a dad—or in some cases, a mom—doesn’t mean you can’t be successful in life. In fact, you can be very successful if you use your situation as motivation. And in that regard, we’re glad to see that LeBron decided to be so open and honest about his feelings about his father.

How do you feel about LeBron sending a shout-out to his estranged dad? Was it the right thing for him to do? Or should he have shied away from giving his deadbeat dad attention?

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