Hey, LeBron James . . . any time you want to shut up would be fine. Seriously. Stop talking.

LeBron James and his agent claim race was a factor in the huge criticism directed at them after that ridiculous TV event on ESPN this summer announcing his free agent decision.

But of course! To people who choose to portray themselves as victims of bigotry, everything is about race.

Mature adults, on the other hand, look to criticize themselves before pointing the finger of blame at others. ‘Nuff said.

But ESPN, as always, is right there to spoon-feed this b.s. to America. This is the network that freaked out about Rush Limbaugh correctly pointing out that the media tends to glorify black quarterbacks. Tsk, tsk. Musn’t ever point out truth when it flies directly in the face of platitudes.

So hosannas and praise for Charles Barkley, who is both black and having exactly none of this. He comes out with both barrels blazing, one aimed at James, and one at ESPN:

“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid,” Barkley said. “The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron –and it was my biggest criticism– that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage (with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami), that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to (Heat) training camp and report every day is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. They do realize the Lakers have won the last two championships. If you’re going to cater to somebody at least cater to the guys who have actually won the last two championships. They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented. This is unprecedented (butt) kissing.”

The more LeBron James talks, the worse it gets. Kind of like President Obama. Don’t these people have any advisers who are, you know, not insane?

  1. Top said:

    Deep down inside, he knows it’s not a race issue. The Decision was a major PR blunder and he knows it.

  2. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really matter what he knows deep down inside. As a public figure, you manage your image by what you say and do. You pay PR people and your agent to help you. It’s a big deal, since it drives endorsement deals and future opportunities.

    Apparently, he and his advisers are too thick-headed or too blinded by some form of insanity to understand that this is a dumb thing to say — even if they believe it to be true.