Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I owe someone an apology...

Last year I was extremely critical of LeBron James. I disagreed (understatement!) with the way he handled his move from Cleveland to Miami. I thought then, and I think now, that it was in bad taste, but I do understand (and defend the fact that) he was well within his rights to do so, I just wish he had picked a better way to do it.

While I disagreed with him that did not give me the right to question the character of a man I don't know and have never met. I, like most people, only know LeBron through coverage of him in sports media and through his twitter account (as if you needed a link), this doesn't mean that I know him. My criticism of LeBron never descended to the grotesque depths of racism that some people did, I'm not even sure how racist people sleep at night, but in questioning his character I did go beyond the pale, and for this, LeBron, I apologize.

Over the summer I've come to realize that despite the incredible amount of vitriol and hatred thrown in his direction, LeBron has conducted himself in a rather honorable fashion. No, he isn't perfect, far from it, but we all make mistakes and we all have our moments, there's a fairly good chance that anyone reading this is somewhat less than saintlike. But if we're to take into account his faults and mistakes we have to also take into account his charity work and good will. Overall, LeBron seems to be a decent person with a good head on his shoulders and a good heart in his chest, which is why I felt bad enough about the things I said to write this poorly written apology at 1 in the morning.

Why am I writing this? Because I feel like he deserves an apology. He took (and continues to take) an awful lot of flak. Banter between teams and fans of teams is one thing, and it's all good and well, but some of the personal insults he's received show an incredible lack of tact and character. Why do I think he cares what you think? I don't, I just wanted to say it.