At this point it is safe to say Clevelanders are still a bit turned off by the whole Lebron James debacle. When ever we see his stupid face on TV during a game, or commercial, or interview we’re struck with the sudden urge to throw a shoe through the screen. We don’t like him, we don’t like what he’s done, and we choose to not like anything closely associated with him. Anyone who has been within the 216, 440, or 330 area codes any time in the past seven months should know this by now… everyone that is except for Josh Cribbs.
This past weekend, Cribbs attended the NBA all-star game and sat in court side seats given to him by Dan Gilbert. I thought this was pretty cool. I had been on Twitter throughout the day and was seeing the constant stream of tweets and photos he was sending along the interwebs. Then came the unthinkable. In a moment that can only be described as one of the world’s all-time worst brain farts, Josh Cribbs tweeted a picture he had taken of Lucifer himself with the caption, “My boy @kingjames”
Josh… What are you doing?
The Twitters immediately exploded culminating in a firestorm of hate this morning on the Really Big Show. To sum it all up, people are pissed the eff off… and that’s putting it lightly.
I can’t say I agree with the ridiculousness of the situation. I can’t say I completely disagree with some of the sentiments either. While I’m not telling Josh Cribbs who he can and can’t be friends with, all I’m trying to say is that he has to think a little bit before he acts. Twitter is a loaded gun ready to go off. What Cribbs did was take that loaded gun point it at the city of Cleveland and say, “look who I’m best pals with!”
Granted that wasn’t Cribbs’ intent. He was simply snapping photos and posting them and put up one of his friend Lebron. But as a beloved athlete in the city of Cleveland, the athlete many were calling to replace Lebron on the iconic downtown billboard, he has to know better. He has to know that an innocent picture like that is not going to be well received at all. He didn’t think before he tweeted. All he did was point and fire… and it was on.
Of course Cleveland did what Cleveland does best. Over react.
Yes it makes sense that Clevelanders would be upset by Cribbs calling Leron his boy in a stupid photo. I was a little irked by it too, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. The bigger deal is the racist and absolutely spiteful and hurtful comments he was receiving via Twitter. Completely and 100% uncalled for. People were calling into the radio this morning calling for Cribbs’ head saying he’s dead to us and that the Browns need to trade him… NOW!
I’ve beat the drum of hatred against Lebron for a while now. What he did was terrible, but to think we as a city have a right to tell someone who they can and can’t be friends with is insane. Should he have sent out the picture? Maybe not. But should Clevelanders be calling for the tar and feather treatment? Absolutely, positively, 100% no. Cleveland as a whole should be embarrassed about the way they’ve reacted to something so meaningless.
The whole situation speaks to a much larger problem. The inferiority complex that this city has developed has gone to a new level since Lebron left. Based on the reaction we’ve seen after his announcement, and his return, and now this… One has to wonder how long it is before someone actually ends up getting hurt because people can’t get over someone’s egotistical look at me moment. Can we get Dr. Phil on speed dial to help everyone get over this? The rage and anger surrounding the Lebron issue is getting worse, not better. Does anyone else think that it’s a legitimate problem?
Now instead of aiming that anger towards the one who caused it, we’re lashing out against the one’s that actually want to be here. And I have to give props to Rizzo, Goldhammer, and Fedor for doing their best to put out the flames and place things into a proper perspective. It’s ok to be upset, but to freak out and call for someone’s head is going too far. Whether it was enough or not we’ll have to wait and see.
I guarantee this all becomes a moot point come football season when Cribbs is returning kickoff’s 95 yards for touchdowns. If not then I guess there’s only one thing left to say.
Cleveland… It’s time to get over it.