hopefully this doesnt become a bigger story then it really is...
Old news, but yea the media would make a big deal out of it just like Michael Phelps.
Just to show how ridiculus the media can get. If this gets blown out of proportion, it won't do anything to him. It will only highlight how stupid and paranoid som many people on this continent still are years after reefer maddness.
To put it in perspective Ray Lewis Killed a person a few years back ... today all many people remember is that he is one tough linebacker, who won a ring.
Lebron has to be laughing about how big of a deal it is becoming. If this is all they have to report on, then some people in NYK should be looking for new jobs.
The first time I remember hearing about player allegations of marijuana use was Marcus Camby, followed by of course Rasheed, Damon, Lamar Odom multiple times, than Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers. My reaction the first time was "why?" thinking that I had never felt the need to do it as it may negatively affect my performance. Now, I could honestly care less. I believe about 70-80% of all NBA players blaze, and I think even some of them smoke ciggarettes as well. If LeBron is one of them, I do not know why the guy felt the need to bring it up. What does LeBron smoking weed in high school have to do with a damn thing? It is his choice, and it has obviously had 0 effect on his ability to play basketball at a ridiculous level. I think athletes in all sports blaze, probably more that do than do not, and I would just not be worried about weed. Sure it is not something you should bring up (Josh Howard, during the play-offs last year), but it is something that I have come to terms with that people do and I feel like it is a non issue. It is not a performance enhancing drug and I think that most people just do not consider this to be a big deal. Marijuana is rampant all over the place, and I could care less and think we should focus on drugs that are actually harmful rather than worry about weed.
There Going to blow these way over-board
Why do pople make this a big deal, let me just start by saying its WEED! its not like its herion or crack cocaine or anything! im pretty sure 85% of people on this site have tried smoking marijuana before, including myself. Plus it was in high school, many a years ago. Dont slam The King for making a mistake all those years ago.
1-Nobody should make this into a big deal
2-Why did Lebron even bring it up/ It does'nt have anything to do with anything.
3-Is anybody surprised when a pro athlete smokes weed?
Lebron James is a role model to many children and one of the most influential persons on the entire planet. To hear of him using an illegal substance is quite disheartening, as living in world surrounded by Adam Jones and Michael Vick, Lebron was athlete who was also a good moral human being, that I wouldn't mind my own children looking up to. I can just hear Cleveland teenagers telling police officers well "Lebron James did smokes,and I'm sure you still follow him."
The only correct course of action is severe punishment by Stern. Without punishment it appears that the NBA is willing to accept this behavior amongst its players, and it sheds a negative light on the league as a whole. I think a ten game suspension without pay would be adequate, and give off an image of deterrence.
These men are professionals with opportunities many of Americans dream of, and it is quite a shame to see them acting so crass and recklessly.
I hear your position from the perspective of a parent, and completely agree. One thing that is important to take away from the story is that he did it (while very young - in high school), quit and does not do it anymore. Not to say that quitting makes the whole thing right, but if people were to take a current positive spin on the situation and say "Look weed is not for LeBron, he tried it and did not like it/ relaized it was no good for basketball, and quit." That is a powerful message.
I completely agree that it is the wrong thing to do as a role model, but also think that the media making a big deal about it is a much bigger problem, and makes the initial problem ten times worse. They are just making the bad behaviour that much more noticeable.
ZRUC u got my point man. i looked up to him since his HS. SR year and im 16. i looked up to him becuz of the way he handles himself off the court . he was a great young man on the court as well a true team player who only cares about winning and having fun .he is an idol to me
COME ON PEOPLE
Lebron is dumb for saying anything since he is a role model and in the spotlight. But I'm 28 yrs old, and I've seen enough to realize weed is not that big a deal for a guy who says he smoked it one time in highschool. Don't get me wrong, I honestly don't like the drug and think it is dumb, but it's not like the guy was doing something most people don't try at least once. This is gonna look like a bigger deal to the youger people then older people imo.
Movie Actors, Musicians, Teachers, Lawyers, Doctors, Congressmen/women, Presidents as you can see people of ALL walks of life (role model or not) smoke weed, to single out athletes is JUST dumb.... If a kid is smoking POT is not an athletes fault, maybe the parents arent doing there job... Im tired of people blaming athletes if there kids take up a hobby or behavior they dont agree with... Why just spotlight athletes when there is a lot blame to go around... Barkely said it best when he said 'I am not a role model."..... And weed, marijuana, Mary Jane, errb, pot or whatever you wanna call it is as much as a drug as alcohol or tobbacco....
omg lebron james smoked weed? he should be hall stricken and banned a whole season hes a role model he shouldnt be doping this stuff.... JK is anyone shocked come on the man was the king of ohio he was in highschool who didnt smoke.... so ur telling me what dwade didnt smoke the chibba at marquette? kobe didnt smokle up with ron artest prolly an hour ago the media is gonna take this and run and the funny thing is 99 percent of them smoked to this is a stupid headline thats gonna be blown up for no reason....