The Fall of King James

Ohio’s former savior and current Los Angeles Laker, Lebron James, has been caught in the midst of numerous big issues the last couple of weeks within the NBA. As James maintains a strong social media presence, the entire country speculates his thoughts behind the madness.

On November 21st, faced a short suspension from getting into a bloody on-court fight against the Pistons. The very next time he entered the court, he had a complication with two fans on the sideline of an Indiana Pacers game. While they were making insulting comments, he demanded their removal from the stadium. Fans were upset with Lebron for making a scene, but he spoke publicly to explain his controversial actions.

“There’s a difference between cheering on your home faithful, booing opponents, not wanting your opponents to be successful and there’s then moments where it goes outside the line with obscene gestures and words,” said James.

Although many deemed his recent actions as appropriate, others called him a “crybaby” and a “snitch.” It seems as though fans react to the situation depending on how they view James as a person…some people love him, some people hate him.

On the same night as the fan ejection, videos of Lebron doing a celebratory dance spread throughout the internet, in which he ended up receiving a $15,000 fine for. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared how he saw it as completely inappropriate.

Abdul-Jabber said, “For me, winning is enough. Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court? It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t dance.”

Regardless of how the public views him, Lebron faced yet another obstacle on December 2nd as he tested positive for COVID-19. Sources say that it ended up being a false positive test, but he must sit out of several games with the Lakers. He is a key contributor to the team, even though he is controversial.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated, “Obviously it’s a huge loss. It’s disappointing. We just want the best for him right now…We’ve been without him some already this season and I feel like we’re further along with our cohesiveness now than we were the first time he went out with his ab strain.”

Issues pile on for King James and he truly has not caught a break since the beginning of the season. Is this because he is held to different standards? Or must he take on the mannerisms of a ‘GOAT’?