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LeBron James Retarded Video: Incensed by Suggestion Heat Playing Dirty

LeBron James was handling his usual postgame media duties when a question directed towards Dwyane Wade bothered him. Wade was asked about people remarking that he was playing dirty (as evidenced by the Rajon Rondo dislocated elbow play). LeBron was visibly bothered by the line of thinking and muttered under his breath, “that’s retarded.” The microphone below him caught his utterance, which you can see in this video:

Some folks have already began comparing LeBron’s utterance to Kobe Bryant’s use of a gay slur. They’ve even twisted the headline to make it appear more juicy by saying “LeBron James calls a reporter retarded.” That would be an enticing headline … if it were true.

Let’s break things down in the Court of Brown.

LeBron obviously was bothered by the suggestion that Wade was playing dirty, and thought that the suggestion was stupid. He used a politically incorrect word to describe the dirty accusation, but he never called the woman out. Kobe on the other hand directly called referee Bennie Adams and cussed him out personally.

The level of inflammation regarding Kobe’s word was much higher compared to LeBron’s. There’s also a big difference between calling someone out individually and muttering something to yourself. Using the word “retarded” should be taken seriously, but it has actual literal relevance here. Using the definition “limited in intellectual development,” the term retarded, while harsh, does have some application.

Judge Brown rules that this is an extremely minor offense by LeBron. He should apologize for his poor choice of words, saying that he should have used “stupid” instead. He should also try to avoid using similar potentially offensive language in the future and keep in mind how families with retarded members might be offended.



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  • Anonymous

    What makes it okay to say that word at all, and who are you to say that calling someone “fa**ot” is “worse” than saying something is “retarded”? A person who has a disability/challenge may find “retarded” a worse word than that f-word. Strange thing about it, since you are comparing what Kobe said to justify Lebron’s word, I know you remember round 1 of the Heat vs Sixers series when Lebron called Hawes a “Bit**h a** ni**er” loud and clear in front of the camera. The n-word is SO offensive, but you and the rest of the mass media seem to not have a problem with that. Lebron CLEARLY should have gotten fined for that. Both Kobe and Lebron, and anyone else who want and are expected to have a positive influence in our society, would be in the wrong for saying anything that might offend a protected class in front of the mass media. I’m not saying they should act like robots with one word answers, just be respectful, and represent the “brand” you signed your contract for in a positive light–because as soon as you sign that dotted line, you no longer speak for yourself. Thanks for hearing me out.

  • http://twitter.com/fanatticnetwork Kris Hughes

    Typical LeBron. Nothing he says should surprise anyone anymore.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dlong1968 Darren Long

    LeBron has as much class as school at midnight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001514941117 Belinda K. Mays

    THIS ARTICLE IS CRAZY, IT SAYS THAT JUGDE BROWN SAYS THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO SAY “STUPID” INSTEAD OF “RETARDED”, I THINK BOTH WORDS ARE UNPROFESSIONAL WHEN DOING A POST GAME INTERVIEW. THESE GUYS ARE HIRED TO BE PROFESSIONALS AND THEY SHOULD ACT THAT WAY. K.G. GETS SO MUCH FEED BACK ON THE THINGS HE SAYS, SO LEBRON IS NOT ANY BETTER. Type your comment here.