Posted: 8:01 pm Thursday, October 21st, 2010
By Ethan J. Skolnick
Tuesday, LeBron James declared it Hater Day on Twitter and urged critics to give him their best shots.
Wednesday, he explained why he re-tweeted some of their inflammatory (even racist) tweets.
Thursday, he was asked whether he thought it accomplished anything, in terms of outsiders relating to his situation any better.
“Uh…. no,” James said. “No. No.”
TNT’s David Aldridge followed up: “Then why release them?”
“I think I’ve answered your question numerous times, but no one can understand what you go through as an individual,” James said. “I mean, I can’t understand what you go through either, David, as much as we see each other every day…. I’m not here pleading for anything. But you want people to know that you recognize it, and at the same time, you just try to build off of it, and continue to get better.”
Is he surprised with how seriously people take sports?
“No,” James said. “I’m not surprised. Fans are very emotional. At times they really believe that you may be related to them, like you sleep in their house. And when you do something wrong and you leave their house, then they can become very emotional. I’ve understood that over the years. But at the same time, you have to understand and do what is best for yourself and is going to lead you in the right direction.”
“But it is very emotional. Sports is…. I mean, just look at what the Saints did for that city. All that city went through, and then to the Monday Night game where they played the Falcons, and blocking the punt, and all the way to winning the Super Bowl, that’s very emotional.”
But as a sports fan, could he ever relate taking it to that level?
“Nah, nah, not taking it to a certain level,” James said. “But if I was a fan, and I was on the outside looking in, I could be upset a little bit, if one of my favorite players left or I felt like he betrayed us or whatever the case may be. But you have to get over it.”
What about his 1-4 Cowboys?
“If you could hear what I say to my TV when those guys have been playing lately, I may sound like a few of those guys…”