Jason Whitlock mauled for dissing LeBron’s celebration at son’s game (video)

Sports reporter Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports (Image source: Twitter – @SpeakForYourself)

Conservative sports commentator Jason Whitlock, a frequent LeBron James critic, publicly disparaged the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s parenting skills because he celebrated too much at his son’s AAU game last week.

Whitlock, 52, pounded James, 34, thoroughly during Fox’s “Speak for Yourself” show for putting on a dunking display before the AAU championship game in which his eldest son, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr., was playing.

The longtime sports reporter also ripped James for wildly celebrating a spectacular alley-oop dunk as making a “spectacle” and “circus” of his son’s games and exploiting his son’s “platform to build the LeBron social media brand.”

Check out the video that Whitlock is referring to:

Whitlock accused James of acting like Chris Rock’s character Pooky in the classic 1991 movie New Jack City in that he possesses a voracious “thirst for fame” that is akin to a “cocaine” addiction.

“It’s inappropriate,” Whitlock said. “It points to how much fame has inevitably changed LeBron over the past decade. Fame is a drug more potent and dangerous than cocaine. LeBron is a fame and social media junkie. He moved to Los Angeles looking for a better high.”

Whitlock has strong advice for James that the NBA star delivered to his own mother during the 2008 NBA playoffs. When Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce tangled with James underneath the basket, James’ mother shot up from her seat and cursed Pierce. James ordered his mother to “sit yo ass down.”

Whitlock says James needs to adhere to that same statement.

“Making herself a spectacle during his game — Gloria James needed to control and conduct herself with (dignity). That’s what parents, no matter how famous, should do,” Whitlock said. “They should not allow their thirst for fame to distract from or exaggerate their child’s performance. LeBron needs to follow advice he gave his mom: Sit yo a–down.”

Listen to the entire segment from Whitlock:

King James’ teammates and others in the NBA circled the wagons around the proud dad and fired at Whitlock, including Kyle Kuzma:

While some detractors decry James’ sideline theatrics, others cherish what he is doing. Case in point:

Most of the respondents on Twitter also stood behind James, including some who may wince at his histrionics and over-the-top celebrations at his son’s games and proceeded to thrash Whitlock into oblivion:

 

 

 

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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