Herald Columnist Thinks LeBron James Is Cool With Homophobia

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LeBron James has been unflinchingly stern in his opinion that Donald Sterling should sell the Los Angeles Clippers. Miami Herald columnist Glenn Garvin, though, has a few questions for LeBron about that. Mainly, he wants James to address every sports controversy to ever happen.

James is understandably busy at the moment and probably does not have time to feed the trolls. So we thought we'd just step in here and answer the questions for him.

Does it matter what the law says about this?

LeBron James has not yet obtained a license to practice law in any U.S. state. Nor has he been appointed to any judgeship. So, no, as far as James having an opinion on the matter, it doesn't really matter what the law says about this.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things, the law matters, but that doesn't mean James doesn't have the right to use his leverage as the biggest figure in the NBA to create public pressure on Sterling to sell the team. Which I think we can all agree would be the best thing for everyone involved, including the 29 other owners, the players, the fans, and probably Donald Sterling himself (who will net a big return on his initial investment of $12.5 million). Clearly the idea here is to shame Sterling so much he'll just give up quietly and sell on his own -- or at least not tie this up in court.

Is there a danger in setting a precedent that somebody can be kicked out of the NBA for holding an unpopular opinion?

Saying Donald Sterling is only guilty of having an "unpopular opinion" is like saying a murderer is only guilty of having the opinion that someone else should be dead.

The man has been sued and fined multiple times for discriminatory housing practices. He's refused to rent out apartments to people based on their race. This isn't an "unpopular opinion." This is actual institutional racism. The main thing his caught-on-tape remarks did is shed a brighter light on his racist past and make people wonder why in hell the NBA hadn't punished him before.

If Sterling should be kicked out of the NBA, why not Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudamire, Roy Hibbert, Matt Barnes, and the entire Houston Rockets?

All of those NBA colleagues of yours have been accused of public homophobic slurs during the past three years, and in every case except that of the Rockets, their words were captured on video.

The alleged Rockets incident was brought up in a lawsuit that's still making its way though the system. In every single one of those incidents, the players involved used homophobic slurs to taunt people who weren't even necessarily gay. They all were fined, as they should have been, and they all publicly apologized. It's disappointing and ugly, but it's not, y'know, institutional homophobia.

And this trolling of a member of one historically oppressed group standing up against a racist and wondering why, hey, they didn't stand up publicly for other minor incidents of intolerance toward another group is the kind of logic that makes sense only to people like Garvin.

We're not talking here about just "an opinion." We're not talking here about banning everyone for life from the NBA who has ever shared any sort of unpopular belief. We're talking about a man who owns a team in a league that relies on the talent of several black players and a black coach with myriad black fans and who has a disturbing and long history of anti-black racism.

Garvin then ends with this kicker that accuses James of being tolerant of homophobia: "Is it impudent for us commoners to ask why there's room in your kingdom for homophobia, but not racism?"

Oof.

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22 comments
Danny Martinez
Danny Martinez

Wow how retarded is this comparison a word that affects no one. Comparing it to murder which affects lives. Are you serious with that statement?

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

I'm a pedophile victim and proud to be homophobic as pedophilia[gay] is a brain disorder caused by mercury exposure says U of Florida!!!

mcrenshaw82
mcrenshaw82

Wow just wow. I am convinced that you were either blasted out your gourde on a mixture of Miami's finest narcotics and whiskey or you just wrote this to because you have some personal feud with Garvin.  There is just no possible scenario   where I can even imagine someone actually having these opinions and interpretations of the foregone events.  Comparing Sterlings comments to the act of murder in just incomprehensible.  I don't know what rainbow unicorn you have been chasing but as far that comparison goes you you should be put on editorial analogy restriction for the remainder of the year.  On to the next comical farce.  So if i call some a fag that inst necessarily gay its ok.. hmm so can i call someone a ni44er that isn't white.  By your logic this would be acceptable granted i gave pre drafted apology to all those that heard my comment.  This is blasphemy.. You sir are an idiot or maybe i am the idiot for even responding.  Regardless please keep it coming.  I truly enjoy being able destroy cookie cuter journalism on my lunch hour while sitting at my lonely cubicle shoving software down peoples throats being harassed about why i didn't bring back a 100,000 check from my last meeting..

Eugenio A. Alonso
Eugenio A. Alonso

You cannot selectively say one thing is right and the other one isn't. These people have said those homophobic comments on video, the other idiot said it in private. The difference is, one is about race and that is a holy cow and anyone belonging to any other race other than white (as if races existed, they don't, anthropologically), their hateful speech is excused. Hateful words and views are either all tolerated under free speech or none are. That is the whole point.

Michael Dittmeier
Michael Dittmeier

I'd just like to know who Lebron James think he is by saying he won't play next year if sterling still owns the clippers? Who does he think he will be hurting? Does he think that all the owners of the other teams should bow down and do his bidding and kiss his ass? The only one he will be hurting is himself. The nba and all the teams will still function and make money whether he plays or not. In fact this might be incentive for the board to not force sterling to sell since he won't be on the court against their team. So go ahead Lebron, sit out next season, and by the way you're not really a KING.

Jorge Larrea
Jorge Larrea

Good show New Times. And for those "insulted" by speaking another language. Stop being pussies and expand your self worth. America was built by immigrants. Wah me a river, build a bridge and get over it.

John Nowacki
John Nowacki

Immer the official language of the USA is PC. Must be politically correct, or suffer the consequences

Eric Puntervold
Eric Puntervold

that's one of the worst comparisons I've ever seen. A man that doesn't care for black ppl is like a man that goes out and kills ppl he thinks should be dead? seriously?

chipahoy
chipahoy topcommenter

who cares what an athlete thinks?

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

what the herald not selling enough papers or something?

Juan Alberto Fernandez
Juan Alberto Fernandez

Americans would have to learn english inorder for it to be an official language.Go to England and you will know what I am talking about

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

I think everyone is fine with it really? Not like it ever stopped anyone of that lifestyle from going that way and doing it ? Does anyone want the risk exposure ? If that is homophobia then I will be the first t admit I don't want to be around it. Then again I don't want to be around a motorist that can't open their car door without beating up my doors and car. That's a phobia I have too. I don't beat up their car, why should I tolerate their carelessness and irresponsibility. By the same token I don't want to be around the ill with the flu or a common cold even. Not worth the risk exposure. And that's another phobia as well. Should I or anyone else be forced to be around that poor lifestyle decision that got them as a carrier in the first place ? I mean when you look at HIV/Aids, there was homosexuality that spread it, shared needles and any other method of transmission offered over the past few decades. See I want to live to be older and anyone that jeopardizes that, I simply don't want around me. I don't even want alcoholics or drug addicts in the vicinity to jeopardize my safety, health or personal possessions. See, drunks don't care what they break or even what they drive into. And it's my right and prerogative to discriminate against them just the same as a homosexual or anyone else. Has nothing to do with hating them, just don't want to be around that careless and irresponsibility.

Take Sterling ? Even at 80+, does he want Magic Johnson around a woman that he wants to bed and risk the potential for HIV/Aids ? So when he says he doesn't want the ex-NBA athlete around her, maybe he's thinking deeper. Because it's not the one you sleep with, it's the many that they've slept around with. Google Magic Johnson, that dude takes HIV/Aids cure cocktails and has been for 23 years now. What kind of disease or life sentence is that ? Anyone want that expense and whatever else it entails ? Great that Magic raised awareness, the rest of us aren't so stupid as not to be able to realize he has an incurable blight on the human race.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Immer Sarmiento Read it English (American English) is the de facto national language. Although there is no official language at the federal level, some laws—such as U.S. naturalization requirements—standardize English. In 2010, about 230 million, or 80% of the population aged five years and older, spoke only English at home. Spanish, spoken by 12% of the population at home, is the second most common language and the most widely taught second language.[186][187] Some Americans advocate making English the country's official language, as it is in at least 28 states.[9]

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

An opinion is just that--an opinion. Whether it's racist or politically correct--whatever. It's free speech, and why the Constitution exists in the first place.

Immer Sarmiento
Immer Sarmiento

^^^^^^ The United States does not have a national official language

Deepzpace Zuicide
Deepzpace Zuicide

Also people that visit Miami need to stop treating me like shit because I speak English and know little Spanish. This is America and it's my right to speak the language of this country and there is no law saying I have to speak Spanish in Miami. Racism can go a lot of ways but no one wants to talk about that.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

That's like comparing an apple to a zebra.....

Eda Ne
Eda Ne

you know the bible stilll exist.

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