Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 11:25 am  |  42 responses

LeBron James Overruled Team Security for the Benefit of Military Personnel

If you happen to be a LeBron James hater, and there are many these days, it’s kinda hard to stay mad at the dude when he does something as cool as this. Reports the Oklahoman and Sun-Sentinel: “During a recent trip to Portland, the Heat had a layover at OKC’s Will Rogers World Airport. According to an airport worker, LeBron James roused his teammates for photos with military personnel. He noticed a couple of uniformed military personnel approach the team’s security person [...] Just like the Heat players, the helicopter pilots were in the terminal stretching their legs. They never expected the Miami Heat to walk through the door. Some of them wanted pictures with the players, but when the crew members approached the team’s security detail, they were told no. Maybe LeBron could overhear the conversation, or perhaps he could just tell by their body language what was going on. Either way, he piped up. ‘Hey, hey,’ he said, ‘any of these military guys can take a picture with us.’ He turned to his teammates. ‘You guys get up,’ he told them. He turned to the servicemen. ‘Get your camera up,’ he said. He started to wave the servicemen over but noticed that some of the players weren’t yet on their feet. ‘Hey, everybody get up,’ he said. ‘Get in a circle here. Anybody that wants their picture taken with us, we’ll do it.’ And that’s exactly what they did. Any of the four or five dozen helicopter crewmen who wanted a photo got one. Not all of them did, but LeBron and his teammates posed with each and every one of them who asked. When those pilots and crewmen walked out of the terminal and back across the tarmac, they had big ol’ smiles on their faces. […] James confirmed the story, saying he felt it was necessary to show support of the troops. ‘These are guys who put their life in danger every day,’ James said. ‘If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be free. They give us freedom every day. It’s ironic that they would be there at the airport the same time we were there. I got the team together. We all took a picture with all of them. I had a great conversation with them. They do so many great things for America, for all of us. The least we could do was take a picture with them.’”

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  • Well DAYUM

    Okay, that’s awesome. Good stuff LeBron.

  • AB

    class act.

  • RunNGun

    Nice but that still doesn’t change the fact that LeChoke is still a douche.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com T-Ray

    ^the hate you have for him is unhealthy

  • Lee

    Pleasant change to see pro athletes recognize the working people and go out for them. He didn’t have to step up and get the photo op done but he did. Too bad most of his peers wouldn’t have made the effort.

  • bike

    LeBron has the potential to be the G.O.A.T.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Co-sign everyone but bike. Class act, I’d say as humans we’re all prone to doing good things in our lives as little as they mahy be, but he’s still a douche.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Great story, glad to hear these types of things about/from any professional athlete.

  • rich

    he may not be a humble guy, but he is a good guy nonetheless, and he is very selfless. He gets a bad rap because a lot of things he tries come off as him having a superiority complex. All and all, hes a rare good player and good person

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Great stuff. But next time you visit OKC Lebron, dominate the hell out of it.

  • fitzy

    as much as i’ve hated on lebron the last couple years, this just makes me look at him in a different light. Respect

  • Will


  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Great act. I know things like this happen more often than we hear, noy just with Lebron but athletes in general. The sad fact is that him getting in an altercation would present a more news worthy headline. He’s not rare, our appetite for positive stories is rare.

  • T-Money

    i’ve never really understood why it is so important for some fans that superstars be humble. he’s arguably the best in the world in his field, why does he have to be fake humble and unassuming?

  • ARL31

    Pretty cool- but not “ironic”, Lebron.

  • tomtom

    Awesome story, but as ARL31 says, not ironic lmao people misuse ironic all the time..

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    2nd time I read this story. Good on him

  • Mike Mihalow

    He’s too generous to get a concussion.

  • http://slamonline house

    heartwarming stuff

  • Exile

    Very Cool. Thanks LeBron.

  • MikeC.

    He’s winning me over. Damn it!

  • vtrobot

    Showing respect and thanks to members of our armed services should be a priority for everyone. Nice job, LBJ.

  • shutup

    Good Sh!t. Like the show of leadership and his sense of civil responsibility.

  • http://www.twitter.com DFrance21

    @ T-Money I say the same thing about Kanye. lol

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Good lookin’ out, Lebron. LOL @ Mike Mihalow!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Reporter: Does it bother that so many [servicemen] are happy to see you?
    Lebron: “at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today, they got the same personal problems they had, today. You know, and I’m gonna continue to live the way I want to live, and continue to do the things I wannna do with me and my family… they gotta get back to the real world at some point.”
    all jokes aside, big ups to James. we should give our troops as much credit and courtesy as possible. they have seen and experience drastic situations that us civilians can’t even fathom.
    the bit about mobilizing his teammates was kind of awkward/funny though.

  • Jerome

    Way to go LBJ! May be the last celebrity pic any of them ever get. Too bad the “wars” are a farce paid for by the blood of poor kids who are really only in it for a free education. peace!

  • Jake

    Great story but ironic??
    Lebron….common man

  • IamYOU

    For all who hatelebron comments, you better check yo self before you wreck yo self!

  • patrick

    rich: may not be humble, but is selfless? sounds contradictory to me!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    “When I stand on the mountain and say do it, it gets done…”
    -Charles Manson

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    mucho respecto LeBron. really rooting for this guy to get a ring. and im a Laker fan btw

  • robb

    Well done

  • Dingo Rob

    Not sure if I missed something but what is ironic about this meeting, maybe he meant to say coincidence. Also for the guys that didn’t get up straight away I hope it was because you’re too busy reading the Twitter feed rather than showing arrogance.

  • Zabbah

    Great stuff, very big and generous for Lebron. Unfortunately he’s wrong on two counts. One, you’d still have your freedom if the troops didn’t go verseas and slaughtered the people of selected regimes. Second, “ironic” does not mean “coincidence.” Geez, that second one is pretty easy to find out, too.

  • http://www.thedailytell.com/ Patty Jones

    I gotta hand it to him he is nice to his fans.

  • Justin G.

    Very cool indeed. Who are the chumps that didn’t stand up to do the photos at first? They should be slapped

  • robb

    @ Dingo Rob yeah, well, we’re talking about Lebron, he’s no Grant Hill you know? but the gesture was nice.

  • KidCongo

    “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be free”
    When was the last time another country tried to invade America already? Oh, wait: never

  • Mike From Spain

    I am not particularly pro-army but I think it is a good gesture from Lebron. Now, when he said “It’s ironic that they would be there at the airport the same time we were there”… am I missing something, or Lebron does not really know what ironic means?

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    co sign – kid congo

  • Melissa

    When the Heat came to OKC Lebron surprisingly signed some autographs. When he got around to sign my card he stopped, looked directly at me, then immediately turned away to sign others. He managed to sign for all the guys at the front of the line except me. Wouldn’t have cared as much if he didn’t notice me at all. I was coincidentally (or “ironically”) the only female there. Glad he doesn’t ignore the servicemen and women who deserve an autograph/picture much more than me! He is no KD though.