Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

Is the basketball superstar trying to talk himself out of a job?

By Jamilah King Jun 14, 2011

NBA superstar LeBron James didn’t make too many fans happy after Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. James, who’s been widely criticized since he bolted from his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat in a tasteless hour-long TV special, had [this to say to fans](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSzdtCkUzaY&feature=player_embedded) who’d been rooting against him: > At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting for me to fail have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They got the same personal problems that they had today. I’m gonna continue to live the way I wanna live and continue to do the things that I wanna do with me and my family and be happy with that. They get a few days, or a few months, or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself but the Miami Heat not accomplishing they goal, but they gotta get back to the real world at some point. James certainly isn’t scoring any points in the public relations department, and his comments have been replayed over and over as a prime example of our country’s spoiled athletes. But in the video that’s above, Colorlines favorite Jay Smooth also notes that James’ comments say even more the role of sports in our society. "You might actually convince sports fans decide to volunteer in their communities or get involved in local politics," Jay Smooth says. While there’s certainly an [argument to be made for the higher value of sports](http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/06/sports_activism.html) in our society, Jay Smooth’s take is certainly one to watch.