Lebron James and the Perils of Walking the Fence

You can’t say Lebron James didn’t warn us. Three years ago, the then-22 year old James said he had two goals in his professional life: to be a “global icon like Muhammad Ali” and to become “the richest athlete in the world.” This seemed like one whopper of a contradiction. Agree or disagree with his stances against war and racism, the fact is that Muhammad Ali remains a global icon because of what he sacrificed – professionally, personally, ... Full Story »

Posted by Seth Roberts Farber
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Subjects: World, U.S., Sports
Topics: Racism, Basketball, Race
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Posted by: Posted by Seth Roberts Farber - Oct 4, 2010 - 12:35 PM PDT
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Edited by: Jon Mitchell - Oct 5, 2010 - 9:45 AM PDT

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Bob Herrschaft
3.4
by Bob Herrschaft - Oct. 4, 2010

The article traces Lebron James' status from a Local Cleveland hero to a fallen icon and the inevitable bitterness resulting from his decision to go with the Miami Heat. It examines "the race factor" in the negative press given to some major athletes, but ignores the roll of their ambitious agents in helping them choose what is best for their career.

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Mauricio Villa
3.8
by Mauricio Villa - Oct. 4, 2010

I belive this is a well written and relevant journalism because of the impact that Lebron James has had on our nation this year as he sighned into the Miami Heat and the descriptions that Zirin points out. Furthermore, i belive this article has more positive aspects than negative because it allows other genders and races to illustrate there perspective since the journalist adresses that Lebron James comes from a minority. In addition, Zirin wrote the article in a way that helps the reader understand the main points clearly,thus he starts by explaining his importance and then listing facts. On the other hand I belive that the journalist who wrote this article (Dave Zirin) comes to conclutions too fast. He states that Charles ... More »

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Justin Curry
3.7
by Justin Curry - Oct. 4, 2010

Although I do believe this is good journalism, it would have been great to see Dave Zirin make a reference to William C. Holden's novel, "$40 Million Dollar Slaves" which talks more in-depth about the black athlete in today's society. Nonetheless, Zirin managed to effectively capture the the message of Holden's book and give a brief overview of what the the author was trying to convey to the reader. Although I do believe that race plays a factor, I also believe that it isn't the only factor in this situation.

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Elisa Delmuro
3.5
by Elisa Delmuro - Oct. 29, 2010

This article is effective in telling about Lebron James' personal goals and comparing them to other athletes who have achieved those same goals. Although the story was a intriguing, and informative I felt like there was not enough information given. There should have been quotes from various sources as well as background information to support the reporters' claims. This article was very interesting, and although it lacks some detail I would recommend it to other readers.

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Sydney Stuck
4.1
by Sydney Stuck - Apr. 15, 2014

This article is much more of a blog than actual reporting. The writer, Dave Zirin basally calls Lebron James out for dipping into politics, specifically the issue of racism. I was very intrigued by some of the comparisons to white and black athletes who are most hated. Very interesting to a sports fan!

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Ann AA
4.0
by Ann AA - Oct. 4, 2010

Sad to say that racism still exists in this day and age. However; I do think that athletes and international superstars should be advocates in vanishing it. They are role models that young children idolize. They should set better examples whether they like it or not. They chose a life style that is always under the microscope, they should deal with it and stop complaining.

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Darius L. Watkins
3.6
by Darius L. Watkins - Oct. 5, 2010

This was good. This hit a lot of topics that not many are pressed to bring up. It's always going to be a race issue in this society whether we like it or not, that's just the way things are. I wish it could be different but it isn't. Race just has a factor in decision-making. It's not a coincidence that all the athletes that are the least popular are of some African-American decent. Other athletes have done comparable or worst things than those athletes. Plenty of other WELL NAMED ATHLETES cheat on their wives. When Tiger did, the world acted as if that's the first time a celebrity cheated on their wife. C'mon, give me break. Nice article.

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