Two Words That Don’t Belong In The Sports Dictionary

St. Louis – July 22, 2010
By Jeremy Clements

While the majority of the sports world has bashed LeBron James over and over again for the past few weeks, some have called him selfless. Saying that he “sacrificed making the most money in exchange for championships.”, and that  the fans are wrong for  bashing the “King”.

Please, explain how that is “selfless” or really making a true “sacrifice”.

Seriously, if you want to talk about someone being selfless do a story on the people who volunteer for the American Red Cross. Those who drop what they are doing in this country and then go to areas around the globe devastated by natural disasters. Take a look to the situation in Haiti. The people who went to help those people, those are the ones who are selfless. Not someone leaving his hometown in hopes of winning a title in South Beach.

The other word is “sacrifice”. Are you joking? His “sacrificing money” is just sad. This man has made millions of dollars over his first seven years in the NBA. He could retire now and be set for life. And sure he didn’t get the “max” deal but this guy will get the money he didn’t get in that contract for other things. Endorsement deals, his shoe deal, those will all get him bonus bucks. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter makes an extra $8M off the diamond. These athletes aren’t hurting for money so would someone please just tell everyone to stop making it seem like they are.

Portrait of the fallen Cpl Patrick Tillman, a ...

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So before you go talking of a “sacrifice” made by an athlete who isn’t taking the “max” deal remember the men and women fighting for our freedom. Those who make a real “sacrifice” by risking their lives for you and me. To keep that sports related you don’t have to go too far. Remember the former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman? He gave up millions that he would have made in the NFL to serve in the military and ended up making the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for our country

“Selfless” and “sacrifice” are two words that shouldn’t be tossed around lightly in sports talk. And they especially shouldn’t be used when talking about LeBron.

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