I would prefer to laud the extraordinary talent of pro basketball's top draw, but the 6-foot-8, 240 lb. Chosen One has been making it difficult to overlook all that comes with the entertainment package. Though I took a couple of not-so-malicious shots last July (1, 2) for the most unregal way in which "King James" departed Cleveland for Miami, it seems LeBron's dropping Q Score among non-Blacks could explain his recent slip o' the tongue when asked by CNN's Soledad O'Brien about the role he feels race played in the unexpected backlash that followed.
Even if the reaction to his statement was somewhat blown out of proportion, I am already tattered from both hearing and reading (four times today with more sure to follow) that a White guy can't understand how a Black man feels. Having spent over 30 years in the Memphis area -- where practically every matter remains permeated with racial undertones -- the humble purveyor of this blog has been afforded all the education needed to comprehend how betrayed and oppressed LeBron James must feel when his ethnicity can no longer be used as a protective shield for a heightened sense of self-importance.