LeBron James Becoming More Well-Liked in the Public Eye
LeBron James’ recent actions in the public eye is making it hard for even myself to hate on him. It’s no secret that James has a huge bandwagon of haters, including us at Thoughts of a Jeanius. James and the rest of the Miami Heat recently had a long layover at an airport in Oklahoma City, what they did next might change your opinion of him.
Via Slam Online:
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 […] 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.
This is a very respectable gesture by James getting his teammates to pose for pictures with the military personnel. The other occurrence of James flashing a nice gesture is the photo of the Heat wearing hoodies, showing tribute to Trayvon Martin.
As everyone knows, Martin was shot and killed in Sanford on All-Star night on his way back from 7-11, after picking up Skittles and an iced tea for his brother. Martin is from Miami, which makes the Heat showing support all the better.
What has local hero Dwight Howard said regarding the incident? Unless I’ve missed something, Howard has done nothing. Kind of odd coming from a guy who wants “more activity in the community,” as he said in his press conference when he waived his early termination option. Who’s the ‘local hero’ now?
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