Ohio Governor's Crass Attack on LeBron James
Sports and politics have always mixed. We've had former athletes hold elective office; mayors, Congress members and governors are always making bets with one another when their teams play each other in big games; and it's great to see the respective pro sports national champions or winners visit the White House for a congratulatory pat on the back from the president.
But there are some moments that deserve to be called out, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich issuing a resolution that declared the Dallas Mavericks honorary residents of the state of Ohio. Is he stuck on stupid?
The only reason that he issued the declaration is to take a swipe at LeBron James, an Ohio native who gave Cleveland seven solid years of play, but he left on his own free to go to Miami when his contract ended.
With the Dallas Mavericks beating LeBron and the Miami Heat, Kasich showed the pettiness of Clevelanders and Ohio residents who are still upset with LeBron.
He didn't demand a trade. LeBron simply chose to leave Cleveland to go to Miami. This is a guy who never got into trouble, never got arrested, and did a ton of charitable work in the state. So you're upset that he left?
Ohio, you're still mad because of "The Decision"? It's time to grow up and move on. Seriously.
A few months ago when I was in Ohio and spoke at an event in the state capitol, Kasich was there. We had a chance to talk about education and voter suppression. He's a nice guy, and I enjoyed our chat.
But on this one, he looks like an idiot. A governor is supposed to be above silly and petty stuff like this. Leave this kind of crap to the sports radio hosts, columnists and bloggers.
Lastly, I don't believe a single Dallas Maverick is a taxpayer in Ohio. LeBron is. He still owns homes there, has family there, and continues to do charity work there — namely in his hometown of Akron.
So Gov. Kasich, good job. You managed to diss not only an Ohio athletic icon but also a taxpayer and constituent. I bet you don't mind LeBron cutting a check to pay his property tax bill, especially with your state facing a multibillion dollar deficit.
It's safe to say that you just lost all votes in the James household.
Lastly, governor, as a native Texan, we have no desire to be honorary residents of Ohio.
We already live in God's country. Whoop!
Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN analyst and the author of the book "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin." Please visit his website at www.RolandSMartin.com. To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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