Kevin Wayne Johnson
As a sports fanatic, last evening I was torn between which game to watch on television:
1. Cavaliers vs. Heat (Pro basketball)
2. Eagles vs. Texans (Pro football), or
3. Arizona vs. Arizona State (College football).
I chose #1 above and glad that I did. That game taught a good message, that I shared with my three sons, if you allowed God to minister as you carefully observed.
LeBron James, a member of the Miami Heat who is arguably pro basketball’s best player and a guaranteed hall-of-famer, is a 25-year old professional athlete who had to endure 3 hours of belligerent, hostile, unruly, and child-like berating from an audience of largely adult on-lookers that paid approximately $125 per ticket. All of this nonsense because LeBron changed employers, from Cleveland to Miami, this past summer. The sheer number of professional athletes that have changed employers during their careers is staggering, to include Wayne Gretzski (hockey hall of famer), Bret Favre (future football hall of famer), Shaq O’Neal (future basketball hall of famer), and Ted Williams (baseball hall of famer), just to name a few whose names most people recognize. There are countless more and all were much older than 25 years of age at the time and none received the type of backlash that was levied toward LeBron. He simply exercised his rights, as millions of people do each year, to change employers. Nothing more…nothing less. On a personal note, I’ve changed employers eight or nine times during my 27-year career.
In response to the non-sensical Cleveland Cavalier fans, LeBron quietly scored 38 points last evening as he led his new team to a 20-plus point victory and humbly addressed the media after the game with his usual poise, character,professionalism and self confidence. Well done LeBron! I, and many others, am very proud of you.
1 Corinthians 13:11 teaches us:
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought as I child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (NIV)
Cleveland Cavaliers should look to this 25-year old as one who has put childish things in his past. I told my sons that I would never embarass them by acting like those fans did last night. This morning, they should feel as foolish as they looked on television last night. Lebron has moved on, why don’t you!?! He has expressed no amimosity toward you. He simply changed employers as I’m sure each of you has done, or will do, during your respective careers.