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Embattled LeBron James Won’t Elude Stigma Paranoid of Race

By Jonathan Mathis On October - 1 - 2010

One day, he was described as the biggest global icon in basketball, braced by the world and vastly became a consumer’s best friend for selling his valuable products. The next day, he was being lambasted and characterized as the world’s most hated athlete, except in South Beach where he opted to expose his talent this upcoming season.

It was almost a travesty in sports, when LeBron James hijacked television in a one-hour extravaganza and publicly made his decision during free agency in a narcissistic infomercial that stained his unblemished image.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to escape the infamy of being labeled as a villain shortly after leaving Cleveland for Miami, a controversy that ravaged the idolatry of a world-class superstar before callously bailing out on his native town.

But, in the meantime, the backlash is ruthless and horrendous when he entered the NBA as a high-school star and lifted a hopeless franchise into prime contention. As part of a rebuilding mode in Cleveland, he essentially developed as the iconic superstar in a depressing sports town. ...

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