It’s not because he embraced the nickname King James and has “Chosen1” tattooed on his back. It’s because he’s too arrogant or stupid (same thing?) to resist taking verbal shots at basketball fans who rooted against him during the NBA Finals. This is how James, in sore-loser mode, put it after his team lost:
…At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail . . . they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.
And this is how Stephen Colbert, an eloquent LeBron hater, responded to James’s comments:
Like they say, it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you disparage the pathetic lives of the little people who make it possible for you to have a career bouncing an inflatable ball.
James is a poster boy for corporate America’s core beliefs — brute force and big money are the only things worth valuing, loyalty is for suckers, wealth is to be flaunted, poor people are to be despised and mocked. It was a pleasure to watch him lose and imagine his counterparts in high finance, big business and government being undone by the same strain of arrogance.
I woke up anxious today, with personal problems, but with a real-world consolation that isn’t likely to fade — at least I’m not LeBron James.