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No LeBron, the NFL Is Not Slavery

By Jack Parkos | United States

NBA superstar turned pseudo-political activist LeBron James has recently stated that NFL owners have a “slave mentality”. LeBron James was quoted in his show, The Shop, saying,

“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality, and it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the fuck I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.”

Not only is this claim blasphemous, but it is insulting to people who were actual victims of slavery. Under slavery, slaves were captured from their homes (or were born into it) and were subject to forced labor, daily beatings, and separation from their family. They obviously had no choice in the matter, yet Lebron compared this to choosing to pursue stardom by having a profession of playing a game. No doubt playing in the NFL is hard, but it is nothing compared to slave labor.

Slavery Vs. The NFL

The highest NFL player, Aaron Rodgers, makes 30 million a year with the average player making an average of 2.5 million a year. What was the wage of a slave? Nothing.  They were forced into labor or faced severe punishment. Lebron claims that if NFL players slack off they get punished in a similar manner to slaves. This is an absurd comparison for many reasons, mainly being that slaves were forced into their labor. In the NFL, you sign a contract and voluntarily participate. Nobody is forced into being a professional football player. Former NFL player Antonio Gates disagreed with Lebron James, stating,

“I don’t know all the owners—I know my owner, and, my relationship with my owner has been phenomenal. And, it’s sports. You know what I mean? You get paid to play. We all know what we sign up for a lot of us make a really good living, man, being able to support our families at the same time. So, it is what it is.”

Moreover, if you do bad at your job, then naturally, your boss can fire you. This isn’t magically changed because you make millions of year and play a sport. It is your job. If you don’t do your job, you don’t keep your job. If you do not like your job, you can find another one. That is one of the benefits of the free market. A characteristic of slavery is when one does not have access to the free market. Slave owners did not “get rid of” them and let them go to find a new job. LeBron is truly being insulting by comparing these two immensely different situations.

The NFL has turned thousands of people into millionaires and celebrities by doing what they love. Millions of kids have grown up dreaming to play football. Millions of Americans tune into the sport that has become a huge part of American culture. To compare this to one of the most shameful parts of American history is disgusting. Naturally, he has received much backlash from his comments and rightfully so. His comments were insulting and absurd.

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LeBron James’s Empty Promise

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

LeBron James has become the new angelic archetype of what a wealthy person should do with money, at least according to the left. The I Promise School located in Akron, Ohio hopes to be “that groundbreaking school.” The children attending the school will receive free tuition, uniforms, meals, transportation, bicycles, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron.

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LeBron James: The NBA’s Superhero

By Nick Hamilton | United States

Small forward LeBron James recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign a $154M deal for four years with the Los Angeles Lakers. To play in LA, he took a major paycut. However, he may have just saved the NBA as well.

How, you ask? Well, LeBron was essentially the foundation of the Cavaliers. Nobody facing the Cavaliers prepared for anyone on that team but LeBron. Without LeBron, the Cavaliers certainly aren’t going to be Finals contenders. But he didn’t join a team of Finals contenders, he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s not like our fellow over in Golden State named Kevin Durant who just wants to get a ring on his finger. LeBron will be taking a team who didn’t even make the playoffs last year to the playoffs if he stays healthy, and who knows how far they’ll go?

However, the Western Conference Playoffs will be arguably as competitive as its ever been. With Curry and Durant in the Bay, Harden and CP3 on my Rockets, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball (that’s about all they have to their name right now) on the Lakers, and Donovan Mitchell continuing his great work on the Jazz, the conference is showing tremendous strength. With all of this great talent in the West, there is zero guarantee that we will see the Warriors in the Finals this year. This is absolutely fantastic, because people are losing interest in just watching the Warriors or Cavaliers win it all each year, with no other variation. The NBA is about to get spiced up.

LeBron has saved the East as well. For too long, the Eastern Conference was just dominated by the Cavaliers in the playoffs, even when they weren’t the #1 seed. This will give teams like the Toronto Raptors a chance, along with the Celtics and the 76ers to play in the Finals. It’ll be nice to see the East be even more competitive than it was last year, rather than just the same old drill, with the Cavs winning the conference.

The NBA can expect to make a lot more money this year. LeBron and Curry playing four times against each other during the regular season is not something people will pass up, along with LeBron going up against Harden and CP3 four times. However, I’m predicting that the NBA has at least a 33% increase in viewership this year due to the fact that the Warriors, nor the Cavs, are guaranteed to have a Finals trophy in their hand come June.

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