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Rant by LeBron James speaks volumes about the real world of sports

Sports is filled with entitlement.

It doesn't matter if it is pro sports, college sports or in Lebron James case, the AAU. LeBron James and other talented young teens are courted by sneaker companies and push into colleges whose coaches have deals with sneaker companies. The money game starts very early in life for basketball players.

LeBron James talked and the sports world went into a tizzy.

He said nothing.

America is fighting two declared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is involved with NATO in Libya. There seems to be secret wars taking place in Pakistan and Yemen. The economy is still struggling; politicians are more concerned with ideology than settling real problems yet LeBron James' my life statement is being scrutinized.

LeBron James is nothing more than a highly paid basketball player and entertainer. He's right. People go back to their lives after a game and he has his own life. He just plays a game, nothing more, nothing less.

Evan Weiner, the winner of the United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award, is an author, radio-TV commentator and speaker on "The Politics of Sports Business." His book, "The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition" is available at, Barnes and Noble or amazonkindle.


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Comments (4)
4 Thursday, 23 June 2011 06:55
Evan Weiner
Hi Rob,
I just quoted George from an interview we did in the 1990s. I enjoyed talking to George and his quotes included how the owners were the dumbest people because we would have played for nothing and did. george told me he only played home games and he was under the impression that Sharman did get paid. Sherman replaced John McClendon who after the Goerge experience went as far away as he could go to coach basketball - Malyasia - I knew John as well. The ABL apparently was Saperstein's payback to the NBA for not giving him the LA franchise even though his Globetrotters franchise was extremely important in the NBA development.
3 Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:48
Rob Yardley
While Evan is technically correct in that George Yardley played for nothing for the Jets in the ABL, that wasn't his intention: the paychecks bounced! The team folded early in the season, allowing Bill Sharman to go work for George Steinbrenner in Cleveland and get the fifth of his 16 championship rings.
2 Wednesday, 15 June 2011 08:00
if i'm a serial killer i'll definitely pay the chosen one a visit
1 Wednesday, 15 June 2011 07:58
the chosen one should definitely hang out with the chicken man kentucky gayweather

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