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Heat's James apologizes for insensitive remarks
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Posted on 05/10/2011 9:14:17 AM PDT by Mind Freed

LeBron James says he's sorry for using the word "retarded" in a postgame news conference.

The Miami Heat star muttered the word after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals as he and Dwyane Wade listened to a question about Wade's takedown of Boston guard Rajon Rondo.

James had his hand covering his mouth when he said "that's retarded" as a reporter asked Wade whether the play that dislocated Rondo's elbow was dirty.

After Game 4 on Monday night, James opened his postgame comments by apologizing for using "the R-word."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lebronjames; retarded; sensorship
I'm sick and tired of seeing how politically correct people have become.
1 posted on 05/10/2011 9:14:25 AM PDT by Mind Freed
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To: Mind Freed

Is it alright if you say “That comment was R-Word”.


2 posted on 05/10/2011 9:16:07 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Mind Freed

You may have found the question retarded but many of us saw your teammate’s action as ghetto....

BTW, LeBron, your Mom and Delonte still throwing down?


3 posted on 05/10/2011 9:18:41 AM PDT by misterrob (You cannot call yourself a conservative if you support socialistic government programs!)
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To: Mind Freed
We don't called people with special needs "retarded" any more.

So, if a fully-functioning journalist asks a stupid question, and someone responds "That's retarded" -- exactly who jumps to the thought that people with special needs have just been insulted??

For my money, the people who are PC are the people who are quickest to engage in the type of thought that they themselves despise.

4 posted on 05/10/2011 9:19:53 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Mind Freed

That’s retarded.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 9:21:21 AM PDT by Grunthor (http://www.hermancain.com/index.asp)
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To: Mind Freed

The word “retarded” has legitimate descriptive use. It refers to something that has not met it’s full growth potential.

It can be used callously, crudely, as an insult, or as a put down, but it is not a word that exists outside of a real meaning that is clearly defined.

I hate political correctness for the damage it has done to language and communication. It’s ridiculous and retards the vocabulary of people.


6 posted on 05/10/2011 9:22:45 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Mind Freed
Normally, I could care less if someone threw out "that's retarded" in response to a stupid question or comment.

Because it's James, though, I hope the PC police lynch him. Metaphorically, of course.

7 posted on 05/10/2011 9:23:18 AM PDT by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Mind Freed

“Retarded” means mental or physically delayed. So if you think a question is retarded, then its deficient of intellectual response.

Makes sense to me.


8 posted on 05/10/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT by smith288 (Peace at all costs gives you tyranny free of charge)
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To: Mind Freed

LeBron is still a thug, but this is ridiculous with how we’ve watered down the language.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 9:26:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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10 posted on 05/10/2011 9:33:40 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Mind Freed

Do you think Lebron would quietly accept anyone else’s use of the “N” word? It is blacks who promoted the use of politically correct speech, now they can live with it.


11 posted on 05/10/2011 9:36:14 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: misterrob
You may have found the question retarded but many of us saw your teammate’s action as ghetto....

Allen pulled Rondo down b/c 1. Rondo had a hold of Allen as well, 2. Allen was trying to get the foul call on Rondo. It wasn't "ghetto" and he wasn't trying to dislocate Rondo's arm.

12 posted on 05/10/2011 9:36:59 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: Mind Freed

A simple response of, “Is that a ^serious^ question?” directed to the simpering media beotch would have been sufficient.

These guys need media consultants (I’m available...)


13 posted on 05/10/2011 9:38:34 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t think it’s fair to call LeBron a thug. He’s never done anything thuggish, and never been in trouble with the law. He’s actually a good kid.

But he is totally full of himself, and, for an aspiring global icon, doesn’t have a lot of media savvy.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 9:40:13 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: misterrob

It was not a dirty play.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 9:41:09 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

Well the Heat better know the Mavs are coming, and revenge is a dish best served cold.


16 posted on 05/10/2011 9:43:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

I get your point, but I wouldn’t say that not using the N word is bowing to political correctness.

I can accept someone using the word “retard”. I don’t accept people using the N word (black or white).


17 posted on 05/10/2011 9:47:16 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: justice14; misterrob

Subsitute Wade for Allen.


18 posted on 05/10/2011 9:47:50 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: dfwgator

I’m a Dallas native currently living in LA.

Last week was the best week of my life (basketball wise), watching the Mavs b-slap the Fakers, and shut these silly, fair-weather Lakers fans the hell up.

Go Mavs! Bring on the Heat.


19 posted on 05/10/2011 9:49:11 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Yes, LeBron needs some serious media training. Nothing made that more apparent than “The Decision.”

Still, it was a retarded question. Technically.


20 posted on 05/10/2011 9:50:41 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

LOL, looks like the Clippers are going to be the best LA team for the next few years.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 9:51:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Retired Greyhound

I still don’t like Mark Cuban, but I want this one for Dirk.


22 posted on 05/10/2011 9:52:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Retired Greyhound

Most decent people don’t use the “n” word, so in that I agree with you, but it is the political hate speech that has turned it into such a big deal. Any politician who has ever said anything remotely racist in their entire lives has it thrown at them until the resign. I’m pointing out that Lebron has benefitted from the use of hate speech protection while he listens to rap filled with that very word. So to me, he is just getting a little taste of what being politically correct actually means. We should all care enough to watch what we say, I agree with that premise, but using it to ruin someone (conservative) is pathetic.


23 posted on 05/10/2011 9:55:07 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: dfwgator

The Clippers are my team. My wife and I had season tickets from 2001 - 2007.

But we still watch every game, and we are soooo excited about Blake Griffin (even though he’s a Sooner - barf).

But I still have a soft spot for the Mavs. They are my playoff darling. And I’ll root for ANY team that plays the Lakers, even Boston.


24 posted on 05/10/2011 9:55:17 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

::: Still, it was a retarded question. Technically. :::

Agreed! Recognition by the individual needs to be couched in appropriate response given the timing.

Case-in Point: McEnroe’s “You cannot be serious!” A well timed and delivered “expletive”. It became a classic.


25 posted on 05/10/2011 9:57:10 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: dfwgator

The funniest thing I saw all week regarding political correctness was that utterly goofy public service announcement by the Lakers, all because Kobe used the “F” word. (faggot) Talk about AWKWARD!

If the two highest profile American atheletes like Kobe and ‘Bron can’t buck Political Correctness, then we should just go ahead and confirm an approved list of neutral words we are allowed to say. Hey, didn’t Kobe and ‘Bron skip college? (they aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer anyway)


26 posted on 05/10/2011 10:01:13 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: subterfuge

You watching the Noah vs Horford series? If not for the Mavs, I would be rooting for the Bulls, just to see Joakim do his crazy dance again.


27 posted on 05/10/2011 10:05:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Retired Greyhound

In my opinion it was very dirty. He deliberately put his leg behind Rondo then pushed him back so he would trip over it. Watch the replay.


28 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:04 AM PDT by KMG365
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To: dfwgator

Yeah, good series, win-win for a Gator like me.


29 posted on 05/10/2011 10:07:18 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: misterrob
You may have found the question retarded but many of us saw your teammate’s action as ghetto....

Rondo deserved it. After the ball went out of bounds, Rondo had his right elbow to Wade's upper back, and his left arm around Wade's waist. Rondo took Wade to the floor. All Wade did was take Rondo with him.

You or anybody else can see it in this video. The slow motion replay starts at 42 seconds.

30 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:46 AM PDT by Moonman62 (An illegal alien from Kenya did the job George W Bush didn't want to do.)
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To: subterfuge

And Corey Brewer is on the Mavs, although he doesn’t get a lot of minutes.


31 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Totally agree. Trent Lott and Macaca are two great examples.

Several black basketball players have been taken to the wood-shed for “anti-gay” comments, most recently Kobe Bryant.

PC has run amok.


32 posted on 05/10/2011 10:10:16 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Moonman62

It appeared to me to be a simple accident.


33 posted on 05/10/2011 10:12:19 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Mind Freed

Well maybe James is just niggardly with his vocabulary...


34 posted on 05/10/2011 10:13:58 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Lebron has benefitted from the use of hate speech protection while he listens to rap filled with that very word.

How do you know he listens to rap?

35 posted on 05/10/2011 10:16:00 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange

Somehow I don’t picture him listening to Prog Rock.


36 posted on 05/10/2011 10:18:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I am willing to be surprised.......


37 posted on 05/10/2011 10:23:15 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange; dfwgator

LeBron likes 80’s music, particularly Cyndi Lauper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKnolC_PrPU


38 posted on 05/10/2011 10:35:46 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Hey, I consider myself a better than decent person, and I use all of the words that are considered perjorative freely. It is my right, and my DUTY to fight against this insidious attack on our language. It is not just something wise written somewhere in a dusty book, "he who controls the language, controls the debate" it is true. So why are we allowing the fear of ridicule to control our speech and therefore our thoughts?

I would never call someone a name that would offend, that is rude and uncalled for. I do use the word Retard...I call my dog that all the time, or tease my grown children with "are you sure you're not a little tar- tar?" F----ot is not a word I commonly use, and it is incredibly stupid that I have to self censor the usage of it. I more than likely use the word Queer, which means strange and really out of the norm. It fits well for homosexuals. The N word, I use the same way black people do in popular culture....What's up my "nigga", whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Nearly every one of my childrens friends use that term in greeting, so it is something not exactly nice that I kind of started using when greeting them.....it makes them laugh anyway...so it can't be bad....even their black friends laugh most heartily. Maybe I am now even in trouble for calling African Americans a color...black.....See we will never win, if we are always in full retreat.

39 posted on 05/10/2011 10:36:57 AM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: Moonman62

Yes, Wade looked like he was leg sweeping in retaliation for tough defense.....WHAT A PUNK.


40 posted on 05/10/2011 10:43:37 AM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: runninglips

An elbow to the back and arm around the body when the ball is out of bounds isn’t defense, tough or otherwise.


41 posted on 05/10/2011 10:55:35 AM PDT by Moonman62 (An illegal alien from Kenya did the job George W Bush didn't want to do.)
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To: Moonman62

Actually, the rules are enforced so that placing your hands on a persons back is a foul, but you can place your elbow in the small of their back to “check” them. An arm loosely draped around someones waist is maybe a foul, but no reason to leg whip said person....PUNK MOVE...you must be Heat fan. No other reason you could think that or write that.


42 posted on 05/10/2011 11:14:44 AM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: Osage Orange

Are you suggesting he is the only professional, black athlete who does not listen to rap?


43 posted on 05/10/2011 11:21:06 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: runninglips

What you do in your home is your business - as I said before, it is nice to see the politically correct speech demanded of us all come back to sock these guys in the gut.... Gay is the new Black -


44 posted on 05/10/2011 11:23:19 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: runninglips
I figured you would need some help.

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Elbow near the head. Arm around the waist. The ball is behind the ref and he's shielded from seeing what Rondo is doing.

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Rondo with a handful of jersey, pulling Wade to the floor (Wade is off balance), and still shielded from the ref. Wade never made leg contact with Rondo. He did wrap his right arm around Rondo as he was halfway to the ground. Rondo should have been ejected, fined, and suspended on top of the injury he brought on himself.

45 posted on 05/10/2011 11:34:01 AM PDT by Moonman62 (An illegal alien from Kenya did the job George W Bush didn't want to do.)
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To: Mind Freed

What a sad commentary on society and pro sports and the media today..


46 posted on 05/10/2011 11:37:04 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: dfwgator

Cool....havn’t seen much of the Mavs yet.


47 posted on 05/10/2011 12:48:41 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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