Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  72 responses

LeBron James Backs Off ‘Karma’ Tweet

LBJ is on his way to the basketball Hall of Fame. The lying Hall of Fame, though? Not so much. From the Palm Beach Post: “There was no intent at all,’ James said. ‘Everybody looks into all everything that I say. Everybody looked too far into it, but there wasn’t any intent at all.’ So it wasn’t a shot at the Cavaliers? ‘No, no, not at all,’ James said. ‘No hit toward that organization. I’ve moved on, and hopefully that organization has continued to move on. But I’m happy where I am, as a Miami Heat player…. No hit at that franchise, no hit at that team, especially those players at all,’ James said. ‘And I’ve continued to move on.’ So why do it? ‘Just how I was I was feeling at the time,’ James said. ‘It wasn’t even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out. But like I said, it wasn’t towards that team. It definitely wasn’t a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would have played better, but nothing towards them.’”

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  • KB8toSG8

    Maybe it was a coincidence that he posted it EXACTLY when the Cavaliers were being blown out……yeah….

  • adrian

    His is a jack a s s. No two ways about it. …

    Um, no this has nothing to do with LeBron. Nothing at all. Someone sent me that line and I just forwarded it along.

  • underdog

    At least he didn’t pull out the “my twitter account was hacked” card from Pierce’s deck.

  • buzzkut

    It wasn’t a shot at the Cavaliers?

    BULL SH-

  • Justin

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! What a load of crap! Just own up to what you say because you only look worse when you keep retracting things like this. Unbelievable. And now, here come all the LBJ d!ck riders saying “I told you he didn’t mean it as a shot”. lol

  • Dave

    Don t understand why everybody hates that much…so what if the tweet was for the cavs, they suck anyways it just shows that lebron would never won a championship there with players like that…fans should be mad at the owner he could have signed amare last year but instead signed Jamison…

  • bill breedley

    theres this saying about being able to take someone out of the ghetto but not getting the ghetto out of …

    applies to this boy. no backbone, no class, no heart, and no ring

  • tavoris

    someone in ‘Bron’s camp need to put a muzzle on him, cuz he ends up backtracking on everything he’s said in the last 6 months

  • bill breedley

    when he does not win a ring with this team, he might even deny he actually played for the team. loser

  • Mike from Spain

    I am not a Lebron fan, I am closer to a hater, and to tell the truth I think he did right with the ‘Karma is a b*tch’ twitter , but I think taking that back is plain cowardly. If he just kept the ‘Karma is a b*tch’… same with the contraction talks, he should have said ‘yes, I would contract the f*ck out of your crappy team’ instead of backing off.

  • Chris

    Now that this guy began to be funny…

  • neaorin

    He backtracked on that so fast he stepped on Baron’s foot by accident.

  • neaorin

    ” I had no idea what the word ‘karma’ meant before I saw it on the Internet.”

  • http://akflf.com Jukai

    We all thought James was reveling his role as the villain. Turns out, he’s reveling his role as a p*ssy.

  • Airnest

    At least he didn’t pull out the ” I don’t know what “Karma” means” card.

  • Nella

    Any comments/justifications by the Lebron apologists on this one? The ones who dig his new “villain” role?

  • Nella

    @ Neaorin


  • RobbieJay

    if it wasnt directed why say it at the time you did…smh. i dont understand nba players..so egotistical and then go back on their word. thats why you lost to the clippers. KARMAS A B**CH

  • dahon

    what an A$$hole! i hope he never win a ring.

  • yea

    Funny how Eboy is staying quiet about this … guess he’s busy dangling from the “King’s” nutz

  • http://akflf.com Jukai

    Nella: I’m a Lebron apologist and this is just dumb. He should have stuck by his guns. I felt him with the contraction talk too and he wussied out on that! I am getting angry for getting his back.
    The whole ‘villain’ role is media made, and even guys that HATE media placed titles (Allenp, Eboy) are eating it up. Lebron’s a good guy who occasionally will let slip something on his mind. He should just role with that.

  • Robb

    Yeah riiiiiiiiight. I can’t believe Lebron thinks we are as stupid as he is

  • JD

    Wow. He’s a rubbish villain. He’s the sort of villain you’d see in a comedy film

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    What’s there to discuss that wasn’t spoken about yesterday for 15 hours?

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Its a shame how the media makes these public figures afraid to speak their mind.

    @underdog- him saying that he just reposted what someone sent to him is about as bad as the “my page was hacked” excuse. You’re making it out to be someone elses words.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I agreed with him on the contraction idea, and I didn’t think the “karma” tweet was a big deal and he backtracked on both.

  • JTaylor21

    Of course all the nut jobs are out in force after a story like this and I wouldn’t expect any less from people who live vicariously through someone else.

  • http://NBA.com EJ

    Why can’t he just be a got damn villain? Grow a penis Lebron.

  • Robb

    @JD yeah he’s like Austin Powers’s Dr. Evil. That’s the kind of villain role he’s embracing. Dumb, funny and ridiculous.

  • T-Money

    Not going to defend Bron on his wishy-washy ways here but I’m laughing hard at all of you that can get angry about tweets. / bill breedley: i’ve been paying attention to your posts and i can read between the lines. i don’t like what you’re implying, f-cker.

  • T-Money

    EJ: why would you want him to be any particular way? no seriously, think it through – why do you care about what he does that doesn’t involve playing basketball? i’m feeling a disconnect with most of the fans in here. the older i get, the less i give a eff about what players do off the court – it just doesn’t interest me.

  • Ali

    Mark A**! Man…Say what you mean, and mean
    what you say and leave it at that. Dude steady
    be back tracking…You can’t be the so called
    villian and still try and cater to the media!
    Will he ever get it? Get em’ Blake!

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Isn’t it possible that Bron is telling the truth here?
    I’m no Bron apologist.

  • JTaylor21

    Don’t worry Bill Breedley is just mad that his uncle is his father while his cousin is his bride to be. I know I would be pissed off also if my life was a daily rerun of jerry springer.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Bron, Blofeld called.
    He wants you to send your Villains ‘r Us membership card back to the lair. While you’re at it, Goldfinger needs to “adjust” your vocal cords with his freaking laser.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Coward. Stuff like this is why he gets the Kobe treatment from me. I appreciate the game, ignore the person as much as.possible.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    When I called him a coward last week, everybody tried to bite my head off…

  • http://www.facebook.com BlackPhantom

    I actually have more respect for Charles Barkley, because he NEVER dissed someone and then turned around and cowered behind the statement and said “I didn’t mean it”. He stood by that statement. I mean c’mon now, this is the second time Lebron’s done this. First with the “44 minutes is too much for me” and now this

  • JTaylor21

    The world has really become an oversensitive place where the slightest thing gets blown out of proportion. Where was all this venom and hate towards PP when he did a similar thing and said that someone hacked his twitter account?

  • http://www.facebook.com BlackPhantom

    JTaylor, I still think PP shoudn’t have done that either. But this is like the third time LeBron said something, and then came back with “It was blown out of proportion..or “I didn’t what that word meant til I saw on the internet”

  • http://www.facebook.com BlackPhantom

    *I didn’t know what that word meant til I saw it on the internet”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bryan Crawford
    Cause he hadn’t completely behaved like a coward. This was a pure coward move. Own your decisions. That’s what men do.
    And if you’re going to complain that everyone blows up everything you say and do, well maybe you should pay attention to what you’re saying and doing.
    This wasn’t some random mistake, he purposely made a decision to tweet some inflammatory BS. I said yesterday it was stupid and wrong, and now it’s still stupid and wrong, and he’s a coward for refusing to stand behind his stupid and wrong choice.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You from New Orleans. We call this “Throwing a rock and hiding your hand.”
    You know that’s a punk move. Eff the outrage, it’s a punk move.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    On Allen’s point, ‘well maybe you should pay attention to what your saying and doing’, I co-sign big time. Seems to me that he wants to play the villian, but then when the heat comes with it he wants to be liked again. I honestly feel like some times he isn’t in control of his emotions, which isn’t a negative, who of us constantly are? But with someone as high profile as he is he needs to work on that.

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    I love lebron and I was excited when I heard about the origional tweet. I thought he was finally going to go into charles barkley mode and do what he wants without ever giving a **** what everyone else thinks. I dont think it was so much a shot at the cavs as it was Dan Gilbert, which I was pleased about because well the players didnt do anything to lebron. I think Lebron had his foot on dan Gilberts throat and should have kept it there untill They won a ring. (thats when this will be over) . I was honestly dissapointed in lebron when he backtracked on what he said once again. I usually have no problem at all with what he says origionally, same as the contraction thing, but i really wish he would just stick to it…

  • JTaylor21

    Who gives a f*ck about what he said and whether or not he refused to own up to it. So that makes him a coward? A coward is someone that doesn’t help his friend out in a brawl, a coward is a man that refuses to take care of his kids, a coward is someone that refuses to own up to his actions in the “real” world not an athlete that answers countless questions from prodding reporters every single day. A but who am I to talk since people feel that someone is a coward for not owning up to a freaking twit, really a twit.

  • JTaylor21

    Remember the same people that are calling him a coward are the same ones that defended and praised Pip actions when he refused to go into a playoff game. Talk about contradiction at its purest form.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Did Dan Gilbert mention loyalty in that letter he wrote? Because owners show no loyalty. Look at how many players are cut in the summer, then on the day where you have to honour guaranteed contracts if the guy is still on the roster.

  • unrel

    this is wear lebron needs to pull a page from kobe’s book.. remember when kobe was a villian.. especially during the 3-peats with shaq.. and he would say.. ‘i love going on the road and shutting the crowd up’.. and ‘i want to rip the hearts out of the crowd’.. and all that stuff.. bron needs to do the same.. embrace that villian role and let the winning repair your rep..

  • Fat Lever

    But what about all of his so called words about moving on, and only looking forward, the past is the past? It’s obvious Gilbert struck a cord with him. If it’s truly behind him, then act like it. He knows the power he has in the media(you want to talk about hanging from his bozack, look directly at ESPN), and that whatever he says will be discussed, critiqued, and passed down as word of law.

  • Fat Lever

    He’s playing all of you that feed into this. What’s the saying, “any pub is good pub”? Exactly.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    What bothers me most about LeBrons statements is that he doesn’t think about what he is saying and seems to consistantly put himself in position of backing off of statements. He did this with the ‘race was a part of the negative recation to the decison’ comment, his ‘contraction’ comment and now his ‘karma’ comment.

    I can give him a pass on the first one because I really do think he just responded to a question and then the media made it bigger, I understand him taking back his contraction comment because he realized he needs to take views that are supported by the players association and not play into the hands of owners, but this tweet was really just stupid. He put himself in this position without any reason for it. IF I gave him the benifit of the doubt and he really didn’t mean it towards the Cavs in any way, then… well wait, I don’t give him that benift – he’s just an ass.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    As Myles stated yesterday (on Twitter), right or wrong, Dan Gilbert at least owned up to what he said in his letter and never backed down from it.
    And as Allen just said today, own your decisions because that’s what MEN do. If you say you’re embracing the villain role, then do that, but don’t backpedal. Real villains don’t backpedal.
    But in the words of his boy Jay-Z which seems to sum LBJ up the best: He’s alright, but he’s not real…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    JTaylor, you know damn well if this had been Kobe and not LeBron you’d be calling him a coward or something else too.

  • Kas

    even lamer than writing it in the first place. what a spineless douche. Btw only losers tweet

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Co-sign, Enigmatic.
    And since he likes to call people “Kobetard” I guess we can call him a “LeBrontard” since it’s obvious (according to him) that neither group can be reasoned with.

  • Cizzo

    Karma is not a Beoch, LBJ is a Beoch……… and to cosign JD, dude is like the Villan from Dispicable Me…. Lebeoch that is… and the Clippers served the weakass Heat lastnight!

  • Cizzo

    Cosign Kas Twitter , Facebook, and any other social networking sites are for Clowns! Twitt that you Homos!

  • http://yahoo.com The Ambassador

    Lebron justs needs to be quite and delete is twitter account. First he denies not knowing anything about contraction,then he denies that the karma quote was directed to the Cavaliers WTF!!! Lebron just needs to be quite becuase Karma is a b*tch and in the end you will get yours Lebron.
    Maybe something similar is going to happen to Lebron like the Paul Pierce club incident?
    Karma is a b*tch!!! Look at George Bush.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @T-Money: you say you couldn’t care less about what a player does off the court, but you sure do seem to care about the criticism of others regaurding the off court actions of LeBron. Don’t front, your just like the majority of LeBron’s fans, you still can’t deal with the hate. 15 games in, you were crying uncle! And calling for B. Craws head. That’s catching feelings, “I’m laughing hard at all of you that can get angry at tweets”. Um….ok player.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So you think refusing to go into a game is an act of cowardice, but refusing to own up to your words or actions is not?
    Do you actually understand the standard defintion of cowardice, or are you making it up as you go along?
    A MAN takes accountability for his actions. Pippen didn’t say he had an injury, or that Phil told him to sit. He said he sat out the play because he felt disrespected by Phil for not getting the last shot. That’s not cowardice, that’s manhood.
    LeBron made an inflammatory tweet that I thought was unnecessary and used horrible logic, but instead of standing behind his actions, he tried to pretend the thoughts didn’t even come from him, and that he wasn’t taking a shot at the Cavs.
    That’s a coward move. I would post the definition of coward and cowardice by I hate when people do that. Either way, you have decided that LeBron doesn’t need to stand behind his public comments because reporters ask prodding questions. Sounds to me like you’re making the same sort of asinine excuses that you are so fond of calling out Kobe fans for making.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Bryan Crawford: I mean, none of us are going to argue with you here (except Eboy and JTaylor). You’re 100% right and Lebron pulled another b*tch move here. You’d think the dude would learn here, he’s just dumb.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    awesome. him and Melo need to do that backpedal race that Barkley/Bavetta did during all star weekend few years ago.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Forget shaking hands, He ducked the press confrence after losing to Orlando. excuses. Dunkgate. excuses. quitting against the Celtics? Were spoiled, More excuses. The way he handeled ” the decision”. “what should I do” Nike ad, more excuses. Contraction tweet… What’s contraction? Umm yeah, that’s an excuse. Now he’s making excuses for talking $hit. LeBron fans do you notice a trend? The Philosopher likes to point out how right or wrong, this ability to not have to answer to anyone for his actions is a big part of what makes him “the king”. Reminds me of a guy that used to be president. I have to agree with Crawford, he’s great but you guys can have em’, my vote goes to that washed up guy that can’t score 40 and dominate or take over a game anymore…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Of course not owning up to something said earlier is being a coward. C’mon now

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    C’mon now JTaylor, stop being a hypocrite. Kobe says something, then doesn’t own up to it: “He’s such a freakin coward, that why LeBron is better”, LeBron does the same: “Why are yall ganging up on him? Why didn’t yall gang up on PP(tears falling out of the eyes)” C’mon

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I really feel that LeBron James is as naive as he appears. He has next to no ‘media savvy’ and I think this image problem he is creating requires some serious input at the top level. Will these social faux pars and media relation-communication issues be the next thing that the NBA rookie-transition programs work on? Forget drugs and girls players, we need to know how to keep away from TWITTER and facebook.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    This is a weak/wack backpeddle. Nothing else to to it.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    JTaylor — it’s OK to admit that your favorite player/idol has faults, or acknowledge when he does something utterly stupid. Defending them no matter the circumstance, just makes you look foolish and anything else you say about the guy, loses credibility.
    Take note of other LeBron fans/apologists on here who argue tirelessly on the man’s behalf in the face of all the hate, but can still concede his flaws, one of which, is this complete b*tchmove.

  • tavoris

    @Dacre-exactly. He needs to go to “Charm School” or something before they allow him to speak in public or tweet.(do thay even have those anymore?)

  • tavoris

    hahaha There’s a Miss Katie’s Charm School in the Aventura Mall. someone contact ‘Bron’s camp ASAP!!!

  • bill breedley

    jtaylor 21. dude, no need to get personal with me. you are not married to queen sidekick. just statin thefacts. the boy is an ignorant spoiled buffoon. he also just so happens to own Zero rings and has not won anything yet to date. cant be the man so decides to be a sidekick.so there, why be testy, facts are facts.