Skip to comments.Heat's James apologizes for insensitive remarks
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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Is it alright if you say “That comment was R-Word”.
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?
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.
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.
Because it's James, though, I hope the PC police lynch him. Metaphorically, of course.
“Retarded” means mental or physically delayed. So if you think a question is retarded, then its deficient of intellectual response.
Makes sense to me.
LeBron is still a thug, but this is ridiculous with how we’ve watered down the language.
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.
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.
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...)
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.
It was not a dirty play.
Well the Heat better know the Mavs are coming, and revenge is a dish best served cold.
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).
Subsitute Wade for Allen.
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.
Yes, LeBron needs some serious media training. Nothing made that more apparent than “The Decision.”
Still, it was a retarded question. Technically.
LOL, looks like the Clippers are going to be the best LA team for the next few years.
I still don’t like Mark Cuban, but I want this one for Dirk.
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.
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.
::: 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.
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)
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.
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.
Yeah, good series, win-win for a Gator like me.
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.
And Corey Brewer is on the Mavs, although he doesn’t get a lot of minutes.
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.
It appeared to me to be a simple accident.
Well maybe James is just niggardly with his vocabulary...
How do you know he listens to rap?
Somehow I don’t picture him listening to Prog Rock.
I am willing to be surprised.......
LeBron likes 80’s music, particularly Cyndi Lauper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKnolC_PrPU
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.
Yes, Wade looked like he was leg sweeping in retaliation for tough defense.....WHAT A PUNK.
An elbow to the back and arm around the body when the ball is out of bounds isn’t defense, tough or otherwise.
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.
Are you suggesting he is the only professional, black athlete who does not listen to rap?
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 -
Elbow near the head. Arm around the waist. The ball is behind the ref and he's shielded from seeing what Rondo is doing.
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.
What a sad commentary on society and pro sports and the media today..
Cool....havn’t seen much of the Mavs yet.
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