Is LeBron James right about double standard for athletes and owners? | First Take


Comments • 385

  • Julián Suave
    Julián Suave  7 months back

    Lebron James is overrated player.

    • Wis Dom
      Wis Dom  7 months back

      I'm a 40 year old, pro-Black man. I LOVE my race. I know the truth about about our history., being the first man, Egyptian, Kemet and everything.... but Stephen A. is reaching with one. We all know there is great racism against dark people, so I have no time to focus on minuscule shit.

      • xolani xakaza
        xolani xakaza  7 months back

        This was nice to watch

        • Kevin Jackson
          Kevin Jackson  7 months back

          Everyone should be grateful for anything you have even if you have earned it because nothing in life is promised to us and it can all be gone any minute being grateful and appreciate things in life is not evil

          • T M
            T M  7 months back

            I hope this guy becomes an owner. Smh.

            • white Wanker
              white Wanker  7 months back

              Lebron haters here, yes hes right about that matter

              • Just Another Username
                Just Another Username  7 months back

                Morgan Freeman said it best:

                • Watson's Micro Computers
                  Watson's Micro Computers  7 months back

                  Stop calling us black dumb bitches!

                  • Deleno Ahk
                    Deleno Ahk  7 months back

                    Like wen SAS spitting that Gospel 👨‍⚖🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

                    • Jeremy Tarter
                      Jeremy Tarter  7 months back

                      I cant stand Stephen A Smith sometimes when it comes to politics he is a race baiter

                      • Michael Goss
                        Michael Goss  7 months back

                        stephen a smith. white or black. we expect you to be grateful about the situation you are in when you are making millions. stoping making everything racist

                        • slikrik73
                          slikrik73  7 months back

                          Stfu Stephan

                          • Ryan lex
                            Ryan lex  7 months back

                            Being paid 20milion per years but still call it treated unfairly😂😂😂

                            • Rob Unrau
                              Rob Unrau  7 months back

                              Fuck your idiot politics into sports.

                              • Know One
                                Know One  7 months back

                                Isn't he "more than an athlete"

                                why is he trying to be an athlete when it's convenient, and a pretend GM when he chooses?

                                • Abhimanyu Yadav
                                  Abhimanyu Yadav  7 months back

                                  Why sas has to see racism in everything?

                                  • Noah
                                    Noah  7 months back

                                    Stephen a smith loves pulling the race card

                                    • eyetguy2
                                      eyetguy2  7 months back

                                      The idea of loyalty in sports is deeper than players versus owners. Professional sports is a fan driven establishment where the players are the personalities that fans look to for entertainment consumption; hence the fact that fans are more loyal to players than owners, and are more likely to expect (erroneously) the same from players. Many ordinary fans don’t know or care to know about the owners of a professional sports team--they are more concerned with the players who provide the entertainment they are consuming.

                                      If you look at the situation with Lebron James when he infamously took “his talents to South Beach” it was the fans of Cleveland who consumed the entertainment value that Lebron provided, and who had the right as paid consumers to question his loyalty. This sentiment repeated itself when he left Miami and went back to the “Land”, and then again when he went to the Lakers. This may seem unfair but it’s the reality of the entertainment industry.

                                      (In my Stephen A. Smith voice) While I agree with the fact that players have a duty-bound right to do what’s best for them career wise, but it’s the fans that have the ultimate right to judge the idea of loyalty—make no mistake about it Max Kellerman.

                                      Rhetorically speaking, who actually pays the salary and livelihood of the professional athlete (think deep before you answer)? Instead of looking at the dubious double standard between owners and players regarding loyalty, players should be more concerned about the fan and their standard regarding loyalty—but we know that won’t happen because in the minds of many sorts professionals what fans think about loyalty wouldn’t advance their careers—sheer irony.

                                      • Trieu Tran
                                        Trieu Tran  7 months back

                                        lebron post was irrelevant he was about to trade away the whole team

                                        • deolal gillan
                                          deolal gillan  7 months back

                                          Race is not black and white only when one speaks of the other. yet each one must speak up for themselves. STEPHEN, knows they cant speak up now. well done SIR, STEPHEN.

                                          • Get that garbage outta here

                                            Do they only talk about the lakers and celtics on this show? Honestly theres 28 other teams you can talk about

                                            • Christopher
                                              Christopher  7 months back

                                              This would all be super interesting commentary if Super Stars didn't regularly break their million dollar contracts with public leveraging. If one breaks a million dollar contract in any other industry willfully and in bad faith it would be followed by lawsuits and injunctions. In that respect super stars are actually are 1st class citizens.

                                              • FriedLikeRice
                                                FriedLikeRice  7 months back

                                                It's 2019 and people are still playing the victim... smh!

                                                • Anfernee Tomlinson
                                                  Anfernee Tomlinson  7 months back

                                                  Nobody cept SAS saw this as a race issue

                                                  • Anfernee Tomlinson
                                                    Anfernee Tomlinson  7 months back

                                                    Those type of ignorant sayings teach kids that there is going to be a continuing race issue

                                                    • Brandon Yatooma
                                                      Brandon Yatooma  7 months back

                                                      This is espn not Fox News, stay out of politics

                                                      • glorious maximus
                                                        glorious maximus  7 months back

                                                        Damn I never realize how much hate go into these comments 🤦🏾‍♂️

                                                        • YBlnx
                                                          YBlnx  7 months back

                                                          I dont see a white athlete get paid as much as black athletes. So why the race card SAS!

                                                          • Y King
                                                            Y King  7 months back

                                                            Everything is about race in America

                                                            • justin surber
                                                              justin surber  7 months back

                                                              It's always about race huh Steven

                                                              • Dbz Lover
                                                                Dbz Lover  7 months back

                                                                Everything isn't about race, but some things are

                                                                • Tim Weis
                                                                  Tim Weis  7 months back

                                                                  Just because you earn something doesn't mean you shouldn't be grateful. If both side are fulfilling the terms of the contract what is the problem? Sometimes you don't get the best terms in the contract. Should you not honor the contract?

                                                                  • Henry Robinson
                                                                    Henry Robinson  7 months back

                                                                    😂😂😂 all the white people in the comments got me dead they literally want the world to forget that their racist or from a racist family slavery had a ripple effect and things like this are examples of said ripple effect

                                                                    • Tee Tim
                                                                      Tee Tim  7 months back

                                                                      So many white supremacist in here its nasty😏 thats wat nasty whirl we live in smdh

                                                                      • NEG305
                                                                        NEG305  7 months back

                                                                        Steven A is a self proclaimed capitalist so he pulled the race card instead of coming to epiphany that it's the system that he endorses that's responsible for the dysfunction. It's very inconsistent to endorse a system of maximizing profits then condemning slavery and racism. What do people think was the core motivation of creating slavery? Maximizing profits.

                                                                        • Jack D
                                                                          Jack D  7 months back

                                                                          What ignorant thing to say. Now if anyone say something about black people it is racist? What a RACIST thing to say. Shame on you A. Smith...

                                                                          • NEG305
                                                                            NEG305  7 months back

                                                                            Slavery and racism are byproducts and microcosms of our socioeconomic system and ideology. Maximize profits regardless of social costs, self and corporate interests over social interests, by dehumanizing a race of people you can exploit, oppress, and wage war against them. Economic competition, exploitation, and oppression and the manipulation and deceit that comes along with it is at the core of social dysfunction.

                                                                            • NEG305
                                                                              NEG305  7 months back

                                                                              Steven A is a self proclaimed capitalist so he pulled the race card instead of coming to epiphany that it's the system that he endorses that's responsible for the dysfunction.

                                                                          • Tanner Cox
                                                                            Tanner Cox  7 months back

                                                                            Does max realize he's bringing up when sports didn't make as much as they do now and he's right hold both parties accountable. Max trying not to sound racist. Sounds a little racist

                                                                            • Berzerker King 13
                                                                              Berzerker King 13  7 months back

                                                                              Of course in SAS eyes it has to do w/ race? this not part of the bizz??? This ia a incoherent statement

                                                                              • Marquis Smith
                                                                                Marquis Smith  7 months back

                                                                                Everybody saying RACE don’t matter CLEARLY don’t UNDERSTAND this Country... ALMOST EVERYTHING is racially motivated and no matter how you put it, Black athletes always get it worse than white Athletes; especially when they choose to speak out.. They’re always viewed as aggressive, ungrateful and angry when they just tell it how it is...

                                                                                • sean marshall
                                                                                  sean marshall  7 months back

                                                                                  SAS makes a point but he needs to take ownership of it rather than affix it to a LBJ IG post. .... As a journalist he should sort the matter out.

                                                                                  • Conscious
                                                                                    Conscious  7 months back

                                                                                    SAS is right but he is complicit in much of the biased narratives that are pumped out about black athletes. He is also right when he say people look to him to serve as the "guardian" slave over the black athletes. Of course he used different words to get his point across, but in essence that is what he meant. People like him Whitlock, and even Wiley serve these roles and often help to confirm the biases that white people have, in general of black people. Plus, this may be over many of your heads but their reports are often used to maintain the systematic destruction of the black community. You see, by demonizing the black male you make it difficult for him to create and maintain his own communities. And, if you take the male out of the equation, anything goes with his woman and offspring. In essence, you can pee on their heads and call it rain, and they will believe you. Lebron is right even though he didn't mention anything about race but SAS made it clear (subliminally) who is at fault here, the black male athlete. If you do'n't believe me just wait on the comment section and see how many people attack Lebron James.

                                                                                    • kay jay
                                                                                      kay jay  7 months back

                                                                                      Klutch sports is Tampering with the Pelicans organization, Players shouldn't be trying to force there way out with 2 years left on a contract. PERIOD

                                                                                      • z0n3h
                                                                                        z0n3h  7 months back

                                                                                        Ok this is just bad that Stephen A. tries to do a 100% racial card on this. I do know there are still racial issues in the USA, that blacks get treated differently. But Max is right here, this is not only race, its Capitalists vs. Labor.

                                                                                        • Greg De GOOSEman
                                                                                          Greg De GOOSEman  7 months back

                                                                                          Wheres Will Cain???

                                                                                          • Deezie DaKid
                                                                                            Deezie DaKid  7 months back

                                                                                            LeBron James is the first-ever to my knowledge to take his NBA career into his own hands & not leave it up to the owners & they can't stand it... America has trained most Americans to be mindless & follow wateva narrative they put out in front of us... Ever notice how quick most are willing to challenge their own but too cowardly to stand against the real threat??

                                                                                            • Greg De GOOSEman
                                                                                              Greg De GOOSEman  7 months back

                                                                                              Hockey players get traded all the time, never hear them complain... stop playing the race card & wanting to be victims

                                                                                              • Carl Scott
                                                                                                Carl Scott  7 months back

                                                                                                For only the second time ever, I agree with the snitch.