ESPN posted an article today about how LeBron James took exception to Phil Jackson referring to LeBron’s group of friend’s as a “posse.” Here is the article. It’s really long but here are some of the highlights:
First, here is the quote that LeBron is talking about:
“It had to hurt when they lost LeBron,” Jackson said. “That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now [coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland. “I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way.”
“It’s the word ‘posse’ and the characterization I take offense to,” (Maverick) Carter (LBJ’s business associate) said. “If he would have said LeBron and his agent, LeBron and his business partners or LeBron and his friends, that’s one thing. Yet because you’re young and black, he can use that word. We’re grown men.”
James also said that he didn’t think Jackson would use the term “posse” to describe a powerful sports figure who isn’t African-American.
Alright so maybe it’s just because I’m a white male, but I have never once in my entire life thought that the word posse was A. a derogatory term and B. a derogatory term specifically for African Americans. I’m not joking at all when I say that I have say the word “posse” all the time. Like if I’m meeting a group of people somewhere and the first person shows up, I’ll almost always say “hey where’s the rest of your posse?” Is that bad? Should I not say that?
When I hear the word “posse” I actually think of the popular group of girls in seventh grade that I was afraid to talk to. In fact, I don’t know why LeBron isn’t more pissed that Phil Jackson is basically calling LeBron a little bitch.
The second thing I think of when I hear the word “posse” is Leo and his pussy posse, which is by all accounts a pretty awesome thing. So maybe Bron should have taken this statement as a compliment. You know, more like Phil was basically calling LeBron a cocksman or something.
But seriously, why are we making a big deal out of this, LeBron? In this climate, do we really need to make another word a trigger? We already got people at the University of Virginia protesting the university president’s use of a Thomas Jefferson quote in an e-mail because Jefferson owned slaves, can we just give this a rest? I mean I know old, senile white gentlemen are susceptible to dropping a hard R every now and then, but the word posse is not even close to that.
If Jackson had said “LeBron and his ‘gang'” I could least talked myself into somewhat understanding the outrage. But posse? Really? A posse is historically a group of law abiding citizens. Am I missing something? I have to be right? This can’t be about race, it just can’t. Right?