Lebron James
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Lebron James doesn’t believe he deserves any criticism for his late-game antics against the Jazz. The Lakers blew out the Jazz. so Lebron took off his shoes and gave them to a fan, a nice gesture. That really doesn’t bother me, in fact, I kind of like the message. “I’m giving my shoes away because I know I am not gonna play for the rest of the night because y’all are ASS.” At least that is what I would be thinking. People were mad, but what are you going to do? If you don’t like it, then you should have tried to make the game more competitive.

But later in the game, he was visibly on the court for one of the Jazz’s possessions, waving a towel. No, he wasn’t impacting the play, yes he was cheering on his teammates. But he was on the court! A ref should have called a technical on Lebron or the Lakers bench for this. The game still needs to be played. regardless of the score. Absolutely unnecessary. To make matters worse, instead of just taking the criticism and leaving it alone, Lebron defended his actions vs the Jazz. He posted this on his Instagram:

Imagine doing your job at the highest level to where you’re not needed anymore, giving your shoes to a lil girl and boy who you inspire and hoped you made proud that night, then cheering on your teammates cause you love seeing them succeed more than yourself only to be criticized while doing it. People it’s the world we live in and you can’t let it ever stop you from your purpose in life. Negativity, bad energy, hate, envy, etc etc will try to bring you down throughout your journey and it’s up to you on how you handle it. I handle it by simply saying “Thank You” with a ? on my face and continue to push forward while doing it! LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE ??❤️?

Absolutely no one is criticizing Lebron James for cheering on his teammates, but it’s the fact that he thinks he can just go on the court and do it because he is Lebron. That is what the problem is. I haven’t seen any other NBA star do that. This isn’t the first time he went onto a court celebrating when he wasn’t playing either. He did that at his son’s basketball games too. I don’t mind the cheering, I really don’t but there are boundaries for a reason. Do better Lebron.