The Best Revenge is to be Successful (but do you have to kick people when they’re down to do it?)

Sunday night, June 12, 2011, after the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat for the 2010 NBA Championship, LeBron James gave a post game press conference where he stated, “All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today … I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live.” Then he tried to “explain” his comment by saying, “It was interpreted different than what I wanted,” James said. “Everyone has to move on with their lives and I do, too. It wasn’t saying I’m better or superior than anyone else. I would never look at myself as bigger.”

I’m sorry “King” James, but you know what you meant. Be man enough to own your ungracious losing attitude. And to kick us “lowly”, working-class people when we’re down, is, among other things, just wrong. Didn’t you grow up in a working-class home? Weren’y you raised by a single parent who probably had to scrimp and save and sacrifice so that you could “…continue to live the way you want to live”?

As a human being that lives on this planet, you’d have to have been living on under a rock to not know that more than ever people have it really rough in this capitalist society. With many politicians in a “whomever-dies-with-the-most-toys-wins” state of mind, it’s increasingly difficult for us bottom 99% to break even, let alone survive; nevermind actually living.

You, Mr. James, have been blessed with talent and all those things your talent provides for you and yours. It seems as though you were either never taught humility or compassion; or maybe you have begun to believe your own hype. I don’t know which it is.

I DO know that if your mother is still in your life, still supporting you in your every mood, well, she taught you better than that. I can’t imagine my son, with all he’s been taught through word and action, saying something as reprehensible as what you said and still be able to look at himself in the mirror. Because, at the end of the day, regardless of who you have around you at any given moment, you ultimately have to live with yourself.

This is an opportunity for you to learn a not-too-costly life lesson, Mr. James. In my humble opinion, you should take advantage of it and learn (or, re-learn) two little things us “little” people like to call humility and graciousness in defeat.


About adauphin04

Humanist, feminist, writer, filmmaker. Ford is an alumni of Bloomfield College, where she majored in Media Studies/Communications and minored in English Literature. While attending Bloomfield College, as a single parent she worked full-time, was on the High Honors list, and a member of the National Honors Society. As a graduate, Ford was listed in the Who’s Who of College Students in America. She has been working at Westminster Arts Center for eight years, is an avid reader and film-goer, writes novels, graphic novels, screenplays and poetry. She is currently working on a feminist docu-drama entitled, "You're Not the Boss of Me!" She is also currently in pre-production with her first feature film "Being Free". Ford lives with her son, Jason, and their pets: Boo (a cat) and Akasha (a ball python). Ford and family are beginning a new chapter in their lives and relocating to Colorado in October 2016.
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