To illustrate that sometimes unpleasant interaction, James took the unusual step of retweeting some hateful Twitter messages to his 900,000 followers on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, the Miami Heat star said he did it to show people what he deals with on a daily basis.
James published three negative tweets on his feed including one that was racially charged.
"I just want you guys to see it also," James said after the Heat's practice Wednesday afternoon. "To see what type of words that are said toward me and towards us as professional athletes. Everybody thinks it is a bed of roses and it's not."
In one message a person wrote that James is "a big nosed big lipped bug eyed (racial slur). Ur greedy, u try to hide ur ghettoness."
Last month in an interview with CNN, James said that he felt some of the backlash aimed at him after his decision to sign with the Heat was racially based.
Personally, I don't really think this is that big a deal. Someone tweeted LeBron something mean and nasty? What? Unpossible! The dude has over 900,000 followers on twitter, odds are not everyone is going to be nice.
That being said, I'm not really a fan of Twitter heckling. I mean, I get it, to a certain extent. With Twitter, you know if you put someones username in your tweet, they'll be able to see it. And if you're really mad at someone, you now have a pretty easy way to let them know about it. But tweeting insults at famous people seems like a waste of time (heh, moreso than Twitter is normally) and Cleveland fans hate tweeting LeBron just seems pretty (especially the Delonte/Gloria shit. Classy guys).
I understand the why James is sharing these tweets with us, considering how much flack he and Maverick Carter took for saying that some of the post-Decision criticism of LeBron was racist. These tweets prove that LeBron deals with racist stuff (which really isn't here nor there). No one denies that James will get some crazy racist tweets (it's the INTERNET, for Christ sakes), but I wouldn't say these are even close to indicitive of the overall criticism leveled at Bron-Bron.
Maybe LeBron will use these tweets to light a fire under his ass. I sure hope so (the basketball fan in me is really interested to see how he plays in Miami). If these are fuel for his fire, good. If not, I agree with Robert Little of Black Sports Online:
Give me break if you are so soft that a couple of ignorant tweets get to you, then I am going to start to believe the people that say when things don’t go Lebron’s way he folds.
Because if you are going to fold to “E-Thuggin” how are you going to deal with the Celtics or Lakers?