GQ Deems LeBron The Greatest Living Athlete; Talks the Letter, Social Issues and More

Are you guys excited about this season?  I am too.  LeBron topped Gentleman's Quarterly's 50 Greatest Living Athletes.  Mark Anthony Green caught up with him for an exclusive interview where he talked about bumgate, LeBron Inc., MJ, Cleveland, and race relations.  Here is a piece:

 

When asked of  his role with social issues.

I asked him if he thought his adversarial stance against Trump might end up being for him what the Vietnam War was for Muhammad Ali.

"Well," he said, "I think only time will tell."

How so?

"I think Ali represented something bigger than Ali. He wanted to make a change for a future without him included. That's what Ali brought to the table. I don't know what it's like to live in every state in this country, but I know freedom. I know the opportunity that our country has given people, and to see the guy in charge now not understanding that is baffling to not only myself but to my friends and to the people that've helped grow this country. But Muhammad Ali's correlation to the war… I don't think me and Donald Trump could ever get to that point."

Humble

 

Did you feel like Dan Gilbert's letter was racial?

 

"Um, I did. I did. It was another conversation I had to have with my kids. It was unfortunate, because I believed in my heart that I had gave that city and that owner, at that point in time, everything that I had. Unfortunately, I felt like, at that point in time, as an organization, we could not bring in enough talent to help us get to what my vision was. A lot of people say they want to win, but they really don't know how hard it takes, or a lot of people don't have the vision. So, you know, I don't really like to go back on that letter, but it pops in my head a few times here, a few times there. I mean, it's just human nature. I think that had a lot to do with race at that time, too, and that was another opportunity for me to kind of just sit back and say, 'Okay, well, how can we get better? How can we get better? How can I get better?' And if it happens again, then you're able to have an even more positive outlook on it. It wasn't the notion of I wanted to do it my way. It was the notion of I'm gonna play this game, and I'm gonna prepare myself so damn hard that when I decide to do something off the court, I want to be able to do it because I've paid my dues."

Read More when the issue hits the stands in November or head over to GQ and check out a little bit more of the interview.

The Kid From Akron is the Greatest Living Athlete according to my friends over GQ. I truly appreciate the wonderful gesture and whether I am or not I just wanna inspire and empower as many people as i can while I grace this planet earth! Thank you again GQ! #StriveForGreatness

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