Between Anthony Weiner and LeBron James, it’s difficult to say who’s having a worse week in the media. Weiner might be the obvious choice—what with his career in shambles and more pictures surfacing daily—but his brand of exhibitionism still seems less offensive than James’ antics surrounding the 2010 NBA draft. Most of us rooted for LeBron to fail in the recent NBA Finals; that collective ill will was justified by his post-game speech on Sunday. Stephen Colbert, for one, was particularly moved by it.
Surely LeBron must have imagined, at least for a moment, what it would be like to go home without a trophy after obnoxiously touting the benefits of the James-Bosh-Wade dynamic. And surely, during that moment, he decided to further his reputation as athlete we love to hate by unloading some pretty snide post-game commentary.
On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen, always the sympathetic host, had some encouraging words for Bron Bron as he nurses his wound: “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you disparage the pathetic lives of the little people who make it possible for you to have a career bouncing an inflatable ball.”