LeBron James “disappointed” that reporters hadn’t asked him about the Jerry Jones photo

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NBA superstar and media mogul LeBron James has become one of the most powerful and influential voices in all of sports. He paused during a Wednesday night press conference to use his power and influence to express dismay that reporters had not asked him about a recent controversy that disappeared almost as quickly as it emerged.

“I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo, but when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that,” James said. “When I watched Kyrie talk and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things that we have been through,’ that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America.

“And I feel like as a Black man as a Black athlete as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage, it’s on the bottom ticker, it’s asked about every single day. But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo — and I know it was years and years ago and we all make mistakes, I get it — but it seemed like it’s been buried under like, ‘Oh, It happened. We just move on.’ And I was kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”

NBA player Kyrie Irving was the subject of multiple news cycles, and eventually a suspension, for social-media posts regarding an antisemitic documentary and for his failure to make clear that he holds no antisemitic beliefs. James condemned Irving for his actions, but James expressed a belief that the punishment imposed on Irvin was excessive.

It’s arguably an apples-and-oranges situation, since it involves a different sport. That said, LeBron has been a well-known Cowboys fan. Earlier this year, LeBron said he cooled on the Cowboys after the manner in which Jones handled the anthem controversy of 2016 and 2017.

The better question may be this. Why haven’t reporters asked Cowboys players about the photo? Why haven’t others in the NFL been asked about the photo?  Maybe the willingness of Jones to face the music after last Thursday’s game meant that reporters who would otherwise have been asking players about the photo were talking to Jones about it directly.

The whole thing died in less than two days. For many reporters, it was hard to justify attacking the behavior of a 14-year-old boy. Some went on the offensive; ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith loudly defended Jones and chastised the Washington Post for publishing the story.

Even though it happened 65 years ago, there were no neutral observers who had their faces front and center at such incidents. His mere presence among the while students who were there to intimidate and harass makes him part of the problem. The only way to be part of the solution would have been to climb out of the mob and help usher the Black students into the school.

It’s not about “cancel culture.” No one is trying to “cancel” one of the most rich and powerful men in America. It’s likely that no one could if they tried. The broader goal is to understand why Jones hasn’t used his own power and influence to effect change in the NFL, when it comes to hiring non-white coaches.

Lost in the entire debate is an answer that continues to hide in plain sight. Jones made it clear that he makes hires based on who he knows. That’s the very attitude the NFL has spent 20 years trying to eradicate from the process.

“It’s not the X’s and O’s,” Jones told the Post. “It’s not the Jimmys and Joes. It’s who you know.”

The fact that Jones so freely admits to making his decisions based on familiarity shows that he has either  ignored or affirmatively rejected the league’s efforts to get owners to take a step back from who they know when making such important decisions, and to spend time getting to know others who may fall beyond the owner’s circle of friends and associates — and to perhaps realize that someone the owner doesn’t know may be more deserving of the opportunity.

27 responses to “LeBron James “disappointed” that reporters hadn’t asked him about the Jerry Jones photo

  1. Lebron doesn’t understand how a moment from 65 years ago and one from last month are not treated the same? How dare the media (who have protected Lebron his entire career) not ask what his thoughts are about every single subject going on in the world. His ego knows no bounds.

  2. So he’s equating a picture of a 14 year old in a crowd 65 years ago with the recent actions of a full fledged adult in Irving?

  3. I wouldn’t have asked lebron his opinion either—mainly cause I don’t care. Didn’t even finish the small article about what you think. I believe jerry Jones explanation that he was curious cause it matches the look on his face—curious.

  4. That’s because no one cares what LeBron thinks of a photo from 1957 lol. They asked about Kyrie because they were teammates and they play the same sport. Why do they need to ask him questions about someone who was 14 when the pic was taken?

  5. Yes, I know personally I seek out the opinions on society and politics from uneducated rich people who have never worked a day in their lives.

  6. LeBron is just like Twitter, not near as powerful and influential to the genpop as he thinks she is.

  7. Well Kyrie is a basketball player, and Jones is an NFL owner. What’s the correlation between basketball and football?

  8. Actions of a 14yo boy half a century ago does not compare to actions of a grown man today. The openly racist society that existed when Jones was raised has radically changed, even if not enough in many eyes including mine. Having defended Jones I need a disinfectant and shower.

  9. Perhaps we should ask LeBrick James why he stands and watches opposing players go unchallenged to the basket. He’s done this since at least 2016. Does he even play any defense these days. And he cannot make a basket without traveling.

  10. LeBron with another veiled accusation of racism, and in this case showing again how clueless he is if he doesn’t understand the difference of a grown man currently doing things as opposed to what a 15 year old did 65 years ago.

  11. Powerful and influencial to whom?? A bunch of kids that like to see what the game of basketball has eroded to?? Get over yourself, dude!!

  12. 1 – LeBron is upset he wasn’t asked a question about football
    2 – LeBron is upset someone was photographed standing in a crowd 60 years ago. It’s not the same thing as stating your current opinion.

  13. Wow. The hate in here is real.

    Way to show your true colors and miss the ACTUAL point of his statement. But unlike most of YOUR news sources, I won’t spoon feed it to you.

    I can see how it would be hard, though, if you only see the world from a singular point of view.

  14. Well, seeing as he isn’t a top 5 player anymore in the NBA and he will never be the GOAT, I guess he’s lining up his retirement gig. Lebron James new podcast “Ask Me Anything” where people with no lives worship an athlete because they have to live their lives through the moral values of a irrelevant privileged beta male pseudo celebrity.

  15. 1. Lebron is not as important as he believes he is, in fact he doesn’t know how much he is despised by people who actually understand important issues, and don’t view them through racist viewpoints.

    2. Any owner of any business has the right to hire ANY person they so desire to lead their company. It is their money, so why should any person, government, or group of people think that they have the right to dictate such rules.

  16. Give it a rest LeBron.We don’t care what you think.Especially on Pro Football Talk.Save your opinion for The View

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