LeBron James is well known for his off-court philanthropy. Hes given back quite a bit to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, including funding the I Promise School for at-risk kids. The Los Angeles Lakers star seems to be a legitimately good guy who does a lot for his communities. But theres plenty of solid PR strategy surrounding LBJ as well, which helps protect his image when he does make mistakes.
After James and Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart got into a scuffle (to put it mildly), LeBron tried to apologize on the court. But he also reportedly reached out and tried to get Stewarts phone number to apologize again.
The fact that this second attempt to make amends became public comes across as another PR move to keep the four-time MVPs reputation squeaky clean.
During the third quarter of LAs game in Detroit on Nov. 21, James and Stewart were boxing each other out on a free-throw attempt. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, LeBrons closed fist caught the 20-year-old squarely in the face.
Stewart bleeding profusely went right back at The King. He had to be held back by teammates and coaches. Then he ran back at James and needed to be restrained again. And again.
Both players were ejected and subsequently suspended by the league the four-time NBA champion for one game and the second-year Washington product for two.
The fact that this happened in Detroit made the situation even tenser. The Malice at the Palace in 2004 will always be in the back of NBA fans minds whenever a serious fight breaks out. That was definitely the case when Stewart was repeatedly going after LeBron in a full rage.
The next day it was made public that James attempted to get Beef Stews phone number to issue another apology.
Another request for forgiveness is admirable. But it doesnt have to be leaked publicly.
Trying to contact Stewart again appears to be another one of LeBrons PR acts as he tries to keep his image as the face of the league spotless.
During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Shams Charania of The Athletic said, Im told LeBron James did try to track down Isaiah Stewarts number postgame to apologize to Stewart again and let him know that it was an inadvertent hit to his face.
Is it a bad thing that James wanted to apologize to Stewart again? Of course not. But why do we need to hear about it publicly? (And if the punch was intentional, which it certainly could be, this entire thing looks even more fake).
And this wouldnt be the first time James and his team have tried to make Bron-Bron look good.
The Decision was a poor call by LeBron. His national TV special announcing his move from Cleveland to Miami wasnt the best look. So that was followed up with a What Should I Do? commercial, according to CriticalMention.com, where James asked if his decisions should be made based on what the public wants him to do.
Of course they shouldnt. But the commercial made him appear apologetic and humble.
The 36-year-old is a constant media presence. But behind some of those appearances are attempts to make sure LeBron is painted in a positive light.
Thats nothing new for celebrities. But there are few people in the world as famous as LeBron James. His image needs to stay clean. If hes suspended for punching another player in the face, damage control needs to kick in ASAP, and it did.
The scoreboard taunt has always been unrivaled. The Lakers, though, havent been able to drop that one very often this season.
The 2020 NBA champs are 9-9 and sit ninth in the Western Conference. Plenty has been made of Anthony Davis inconsistencies and Russell Westbrooks clunky fit. But LeBron has also missed 10 games due to injury.
Add another one to that list via suspension.
But if the 36-year-old returns to the court after his punishment and leads LA on a winning streak, most of the discussion surrounding this incident will fade.
LeBron and his crew have done what they can to make this situation look as good as possible. But winning clears almost all ills if James wants to put this controversy in the past, producing on the court and helping the Lakers win games is the best way to do it.
Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @all-sportscasterasting19.
RELATED: LeBron James Was Wrong, so Why Is Isaiah Stewart the Bad Guy in Lakers-Pistons Clash?
View original post here:
- Column: How will climate change impact the Shuswap? Salmon Arm Observer - Salmon Arm Observer - January 9th, 2022
- What happened to those in poverty with the child tax credit expansion ended? - The Philadelphia Inquirer - January 9th, 2022
- No, colleges and universities are not safe to reopen for in-person learning - WSWS - January 9th, 2022
- 20 Baltimore tech and entrepreneurship leaders offer New Year's resolutions for 2022 - Technical.ly - January 9th, 2022
- I learnt to come out of my shell and be heard - The Standard - January 9th, 2022
- Janssen Takes Multifaceted Approach to Ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in its COVID-19 Vaccine Trial - FiercePharma - January 7th, 2022
- #BizTrends2022: Tourism tribe, let's be more intentional in 2022 - Bizcommunity.com - January 7th, 2022
- Meet Assistant Teaching Professor Terri Tilford: 'I Hope Students Learn From Me the Joy of Learning, How to Effectively Help Others and How to... - January 7th, 2022
- Kennedy Krieger Institute and University Of Maryland receive $2.9 million grant to implement antiracist, trauma-informed training - EurekAlert - January 7th, 2022
- Listening sessions scheduled to hear about health equity within Washington - KXRO Newsradio - January 7th, 2022
- Stations contribute reporting, expand reach of new rural news network - Current - January 7th, 2022
- I was a troubled teen in Pennsylvania whose future was redeemed. More youth need that chance. | Opinion - The Philadelphia Inquirer - January 7th, 2022
- Mapping Teotihuacans Past, Present, and Future - Eos - January 7th, 2022
- The False Promise of Criminal Justice Reform - The Nation - January 7th, 2022
- A Sleeping Giant Awakens (Maybe?) "Environmental" Enforcement Of Title VI Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 In The Era Of The Biden... - January 7th, 2022
- Suburban Strength: Columbus Suburbs Are Growing Faster Than the City - Columbus Monthly - January 7th, 2022
- Bethlehem swears in its 14th mayor - lehighvalleylive.com - January 7th, 2022
- Adam Roberge, Phil Gaimon, Ruby West and three others headline new Jukebox Cycling team - VeloNews - January 7th, 2022
- Trailblazing scholar heads to the N.J. Assembly with eye on public access - The Philadelphia Tribune - January 7th, 2022
- The Benefits of International Partnerships - The Foreign Service Journal - January 7th, 2022
- Charah Solutions Partners with Community and National Charitable Organizations Through Its Ongoing Charah Cares Philanthropic Initiative - Yahoo... - December 29th, 2021
- Attracting and retaining talent through culture - National Hog Farmer - December 29th, 2021
- Governor Wolf Responds to Congressional Redistricting Map Proposed by the House State Government Committee - pa.gov - December 29th, 2021
- Struggle against COVID-19 was biggest story of 2021; Year In Review: The first six months of 2021 - News-shield - December 29th, 2021
- She was arrested at a bar, then found hanging in a cell. Police haven't given her family answers. - Stars and Stripes - December 29th, 2021
- Logan University teams with regional health commission for blueprint to fight chronic pain - Chiropractic Economics - December 29th, 2021
- Hope is key to the coming year, beyond - Appalachian News-Express - December 29th, 2021
- Financial Services Industry Year in Review: Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation Trends in 2021 and Beyond - JD Supra - December 29th, 2021
- The Best Burnout Advice People Learned In Therapy In 2021 - HuffPost - December 29th, 2021
- Most popular stories, commentaries and podcasts of 2021 on CatholicReview.org - Catholic Review of Baltimore - December 29th, 2021
- Mohammadu Indimi And The Primacy Of Education - LEADERSHIP NEWS - December 29th, 2021
- You dont teach prejudice by discussing its existence. How to talk to children about race and discrimination. - PBS NewsHour - December 27th, 2021
- Philadelphia promised $68 million in new antiviolence spending. How its going. - The Philadelphia Inquirer - December 27th, 2021
- The opioid and homelessness crisis at Mass. and Cass: whose problem is it? - BU News Service - December 27th, 2021
- How to Build Inclusive Mentoring Programs for the Hybrid Workplace - ATD - December 27th, 2021
- What Makes the Muhammadu Indimi Brand Stand Out? - THISDAY Newspapers - December 27th, 2021
- Q&A: John Dozier on the Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - MIT News - December 27th, 2021
- BAPTIST LIFE: 4 suggestions on building a ministry to children and students - Kentucky Today - December 27th, 2021
- Okayplayers 10 Best Films Of 2021 - Okayplayer - December 27th, 2021
- How the OneTen Coalition is Ensuring Black Talent Without Four-Year Degrees Grow Their Careers - Pittsburgh Magazine - December 27th, 2021
- Tango, contra and other dancing still stalled as other activities have returned to the Upper Valley - Concord Monitor - December 27th, 2021
- Christmas 2021 thoughts and hopes: Editorial Board Roundtable - cleveland.com - December 27th, 2021
- Build Back Better is crucial to boost climate action without leaving coal miners behind | TheHill - The Hill - December 23rd, 2021
- Crisis in the Classroom: Decoding the critical race theory debate - News 5 Cleveland - December 23rd, 2021
- Blackbaud Shows Continued Commitment to Giving Back Around the World - PRNewswire - December 23rd, 2021
- Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Improve State Response to COVID-19 Pandemic - ny.gov - December 23rd, 2021
- A holiday miracle that comes in a vial | Opinion - nj.com - December 23rd, 2021
- Opinion: Shift Colorado's transportation priorities away from asphalt and toward mass transit - The Colorado Sun - December 23rd, 2021
- Detroit Vesey's Is a New Kind of Inclusive Space For Los Angeles - Eater LA - December 23rd, 2021
- City of Tucson Awarded Phase One Build Back Better Challenge Grant from the Economic Development Administration - Signals AZ - December 23rd, 2021
- Opinion: Friends of public education, its time to speak up - News-Leader - December 23rd, 2021
- Support local businesses this holiday and beyond - AustinTalks - December 23rd, 2021
- Endangered Monk Seal Died Of Gunshot Wound To The Head, Authorities Say - Honolulu Civil Beat - December 23rd, 2021
- Black Artists, Then And Now, On View In Wilmington, Delaware And Philadelphia - Forbes - December 23rd, 2021
- 'Bold, Audacious Goal': Coalition Pushes to Add More Than 1 Million Educators of Color - Education Week - December 23rd, 2021
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update St. Olaf College - St. Olaf College News - December 23rd, 2021
- The kids are not all right: The urgent need to expand effective behavioral health services for children and youth - Brookings Institution - December 23rd, 2021
- 23 tech leaders on the opportunities that can shape Baltimore's future - Technical.ly - December 23rd, 2021
- Doctrine of Discovery and Its Impact on American Indian and Alaska Native Health Care | Health - nativenewsonline.net - December 23rd, 2021
- Scientists and Laypeople Speak Different Languages. This Funder Wants to Bridge the Gap Inside Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy - December 23rd, 2021
- Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Grants - SPD Blotter - December 17th, 2021
- Mayor Bowser Releases the 2022 Green Book, the District's Small Business Enterprise Opportunity Guide | mayormb - Executive Office of the Mayor - December 17th, 2021
- The Redistricting Process Favored the Status Quo, Again. That Needs to Change. Voice of San Diego - Voice of San Diego - December 17th, 2021
- This is America: Santas of color are the most magical part of my Christmas experience. We need more of them. - USA TODAY - December 17th, 2021
- ONE YEAR LATER: A reflection on the anniversary of the first COVID vaccines with CCPHD's Mike Zelek - The Chatham News + Record - December 17th, 2021
- State Redistricting Stalls Amid Standoff Over Tribal Priorities - The Paper - December 17th, 2021
- Army Corps architect creates space for minority youth; earns Black Engineer of the Year Award - United States Army - December 17th, 2021
- 2021 reflections: In an amazing year of achievements, nothing topped the return to campus - UCLA Newsroom - December 17th, 2021
- Social media and small businesses: The good, the bad and the authentic - The Daily Universe - Universe.byu.edu - December 17th, 2021
- Westside Future Fund Receives $750,000 from PNC Foundation for Home on the Westside - PR Web - December 17th, 2021
- Suicide and intentional self-harm - Australian Institute ... - December 13th, 2021
- Nonprofits Want Share of the State Budget Surplus - The NonProfit Times - December 13th, 2021
- Introducing Crain's 2021 Notable Businesses Championing Diversity and Inclusion - Crain's Cleveland Business - December 13th, 2021
- News from the noteworthy: 12-09-21 - AllOTSEGO - December 13th, 2021
- Native New York: Dispelling the Myth of the Sale of Manhattan & More - nativenewsonline.net - December 13th, 2021
- KU Libraries, The Commons to host presentation by author Andrew Hoffman on Jan. 13 | The University of Kansas - KU Today - December 10th, 2021
- 'We failed in being inclusive' | How experts are hoping to reverse lack of diversity in medical research - WUSA9.com - December 10th, 2021
- Walmart and NAACP Join Forces To Create Educational Pathways - CSRwire.com - December 10th, 2021
- The Urgent Imperative For Corporations To Promote Financial Literacy In Communities Of Color - Forbes - December 10th, 2021
- State Budgets Tied to Fossil Fuels Are Slowing the Energy Transition and Leaving Workers and Communities Behind - Center For American Progress - December 10th, 2021