What Had Happened Was: 6/21/16
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On Monday, we examined just how “haterific” LeBron James’ post-championship outfit was — an Ultimate Warrior T-shirt with a Kermit the Frog teacup hat — and the verdict was swift: It was SHADE. Now, it was also hilarious and bold, but it was shade, too.
But that was only the start.
Before the night was up, James posted an Instagram of him clutching the Larry O’Brien Trophy with the Kermit hat in full view. His caption? It’s probably the most pointed clap-back the man has ever had about his critics:
They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc…. But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
Whether or not you deem that caption to be shade is up to you, but it’s hard to argue that James’ words aren’t filled with truth. The media largely did underestimate him and doubt him and count him out in a way that wasn’t consistent with how great he has been throughout his career. It’s time to put some respect on his name.
Ahem, respeck, we mean.
Our old homie Juan Uribe of the Cleveland Indians is back in the news and it’s as glorious as ever:
Juan Uribe wore a hat tonight that said Papi on the side. "The girls call me Papi. They ask, 'What's your name?'" He then pointed to the hat
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 21, 2016
In other Juan Uribe news, here's his nightly routine once he gets home from the ballpark: "I have my wine and my cigar and I go to sleep."
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 21, 2016
We hope ya’ll are ready for summertime black Twitter, because folks are coming out with the good stuff early on. Just a few of our favorites from #SummerWhileBlack.
— The Movement (@TheMovement) June 20, 2016
— Sosa Parks (@JHarv_41) June 20, 2016
— shuri’s laboratory assistant (@heycheyennehey) June 20, 2016
— D’Challa (@VIBEZ_419) June 20, 2016
— MARSTHEGREAT aka KANG ARTMONGER | #44Foreva (@immarstheg) June 20, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
The Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have required background checks at gun shows.
Continuing that train of thought, a new infographic shows how gun stores outnumber coffee shops in the United States.
Also, maybe ya’ll did or did not notice singer Usher celebrating with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Fun fact, he’s a minority owner of the team.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. HE’S … THAT … GUY
+ Delly's single can of Corona https://t.co/f712yA6HG3
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) June 21, 2016
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
2. LET’S ALL CHIP IN THO’
I would pay a thousand dollars for a documentary on J.R. Smith's last 24 hours
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) June 20, 2016
3. YO, B, I’M J.R.
Can we please talk for a second about how J.R. Smith is going to be allowed in the White House?
What could possibly go wrong?
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 20, 2016
Our man Mike Wise took a look at what it means to “go home” and how Cleveland and its hero overcame the city’s fraught history:
Both parties hadn’t merely burned bridges — they detonated them. Northeast Ohio’s favorite son, the kid who grew up in poverty and fatherless in nearby Akron and was drafted No. 1 right out of high school by the Cavaliers, was suddenly Cleveland’s mortal enemy. For anyone who’s grown up in a certain area and made that trek homeward, it’s easy to feel constrained or even imprisoned by the journey. You know the people too well — their flaws, their idioms, their annoying traits. It’s often why the most gifted professionals in almost every pursuit — athletics, arts, business — go where the white, hot lights shine the brightest. That’s where the LeBron James story forks. Rather than be caught up in the emotionally wounded souls who torched his jersey in the street after leaving for Miami, he chose to believe in the better angels of Cleveland and the cursed sports town that was never supposed to win the big one.
Lebron is killing me with this Kermit sipping tea hat 🐸☕️😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XY164WCbPv
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 20, 2016