LEBRON JAMES

LeBron James long ago stopped being an "amateur," as he became a national celebrity and everyone around him started cashing in. But so what? If he were a computer prodigy rather than an athletic one, there would be no fuss.

So LeBron James is ruled ineligible for receiving $845 worth of free clothing but it’s perfectly fine for him to have received a gift of a $50,000-plus Hummer purchased based on his expected NBA earnings? This strikes me as somehow odd. Clearly, James long ago stopped being an “amateur,” as he became a national celebrity and everyone around him started cashing in. But so what? If he were a computer prodigy rather than an athletic one, there would be no fuss. (And who is it that’s paying upwards of $400 for these “throwback” jerseys, anyway?)

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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  1. Spike says:

    LeBron James is the coolest basketball player in the NBA.