"That's Retarded": LeBron's Latest Flub

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The word "retard": America just doesn't know what to do with it. True, we should probably retire it for good from our vocabulary, but lets be honest: Many of us normal, untelevised folk still use it pretty regularly. And the Black Eyed Peas had a hit song with "retarded" in the title, for chrissakes -- not that they're exactly to be emulated.

Anyways, LeBron James never did grasp the whole self-censorship concept as well as, say, his teammate to his right in the video below. After Saturday night's loss to the Boston Celtics, a reporter asked Dwyane Wade a, well, befuddling question about certain unnamed people (her) accusing him of dirty tactics in a play that left Boston's Rajon Rondo injured.

That's when LeBron muttered under his breath: "That's retarded." Comparisons are already being made to Kobe Bryant's recent use of the word "faggot" in a tirade against a referee, and you gotta think LeBron should probably be hit with the same $100,000 fine for fairness' sake.

What do you think? Did LeBron go full retard on this one?

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Eduardo Especial
Eduardo Especial

I would only find it objectionable if the reporter were actually developmentally disabled and Lebron had called her a "retard." Only the developmentally disabled should be able to refer to each other as "retards."

For example:

Developmentally Disabled Individual No. 1: "Wassup, my retard?"

Developmentally Disabled Individual No. 2: "EEEEeeeeEEEEeeee."

Yomama
Yomama

using the word "retarded" is NOT politically incorrect anymore. get over it, retards!

Archer1982
Archer1982

Fortunately, Andrew Bynum was kind enough to remind people what an actual dirty play looks like.

Lebronisrichcauseamericanssuck
Lebronisrichcauseamericanssuck

Don't blame Lebron:

If we paid English teachers in this country $14 million a year vocabulary would be used correctly. Instead, we pay professional athletes (many raised without education), and expect them to solve our problems.

Don't blame ignorance on Lebron when our entire country is ignorant. He should be applauded for working hard and making a better life for himself and his mother. Lebron wouldn't be rich if the normal American wasn't lazy and eternally ignorant.

The Word Retard:

"Re Tard" –verb (used with object) 1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede. Next time you drop $300 on a Heat ticket, sit in traffic on Biscayne Blvd for an hour, get herded into a stadium, take 4 escalators to your seat, and watch 10 complete strangers running up and down a court slamming a ball into a net, ask yourself if this word applies to you or the child Jerry Lewis used to push around in a wheelchair with a soccer ball below.

At least the child in a wheelchair has a medical condition hindering their ability, the normal mentally healthy American has no excuse from achieving wealth, happiness and prosperity.

Al
Al

All you people writing these comments are retards!! We live in a stupid sensitive society. GROW UP! Lebron sis nothing wrong.

Levittsandra56
Levittsandra56

Hope he thinks before he speaks the next time, our Special Populations need positive comments, not words of disrespect.

Santiago Castillo
Santiago Castillo

Wade's move wasn't dirty, as everyone's making it out to be. These things happen in games all the time; it comes with the territory. It just so happened that Rondo happened to get a more serious injury with his fall this time.

I agree with LeBron, that IS retarded. Furthermore, people need to get over it– the word exists and it is used widely in the same context as LeBron used it. The very fact that people make such a fuzz about the use of the word is, well, retarded.

Spiderbean111
Spiderbean111

dwade is a dirty player i hope he gets a career ending injury and a deadly tumor to the head since he's having a migraine.

Kit Baker
Kit Baker

I'd come to the defense of the reporter. She was actually doing Wade a favor by giving him the earliest possible opportunity for damage control.

So I disagree with you. The unnamed people were not her, but the vast majority of those who watched and did indeed believe it to be a dirty play.

Wade had the chance to explain why he meant no harm, to express sympathy, to apologize, to do whatever he needed to do to reassure those people that he wasn't a dirty player. Instead, he stonewalled her.

For me, that counts as a double fail. Leaving us to assume that what we saw was correct, that he did indeed intend to injure Rondo, that this wasn't just a routine hard foul or tangle-up but crossed the line into the realm of dirty and unacceptable play.

As for James, he fared little better. He clearly does not have the kind of discipline or maturity that any top athlete should be expected to bring into a press conference room. He should have seen that question coming a mile away. If he did, and that was his prepared response, it's even worse. Don't know whether that's his failure or the management's, but it's a failure.

I used to admire Wade for his integrity and professionalism, but this episode has cast serious doubt on that - and James' behavior suggests he has difficulty negotiating between the elevated bubble he has spent virtually all of his adult life in and the discipline demanded of the modern professional athlete in pressure situations.

Thomasmoore 104
Thomasmoore 104

try explaining to a developmentally challenged child what a "retard" is when he's been called one. and then tell me how you feel, or how you'd feel if that same child then heard a favorite athlete then use the word in a negative way. then tell me it's fine to use a word because it's "used widely".

Guest
Guest

that's not very nice... you should watch out with the things you say. The universe works in mysterious ways, HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE DOCTOR LATELY???

Jose_s
Jose_s

Celtics did even worse to other team..no need to cry for anybody in basketball..its a ball game after all.. they are not saints..

Chris Joseph
Chris Joseph

However the entanglement is interpreted, Rondo's injury was a fluke. He landed awkwardly. D-Wade didn't bend his arm, the floor did. Celtics players (i.e. KG) have done far worse to opposing players... just bad luck for Rondo and his elbow.

Guest
Guest

and don't forget the the other O'neal, I think it was the last regular season game that he tried to body block Lebron. Mean and dirty! I don't think wade did it on purpose, it was just a weird falling down incident.

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