This morning I was (against my better judgment) watching SportsCrapter, eh, Center, when I heard LeBron James explain his non-handshake after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals thusly …
“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me.”
Look, I don’t believe in beating up a guy for one stupid quote. James was hurting, and he’s allowed to be human. Hey, we all have our moments. That saidâ€”this was really poor. I’m sick of professional athletes offering kids the worst possible lessons: Be cocky, talk shit, don’t be gracious. James is rightâ€”it is hard to offer congratulations after such a heartbreaking defeat. But oftentimes the hardest things to do are the most vital things to do. Nobody died, no one was hurtâ€”it was a basketball game. There’ll be plenty more.
James should have held his breath and extended his hand. He even could have made the who-farted? face while doing so.