When LeBron James joined the Miami Heat last year - essentially admitting that he couldn't handle the burden of leading the Cleveland Cavs to a NBA title - he became the most polarizing figure in professional sports.
Therefore, when the favored Heat lost Game Six of the Finals last night to the Dallas Mavericks, critics around the country celebrated.
That's Karma for screwing over Cleveland, they cried, pointing to James' subpar stats in the series (18 fourth quarter points... total) as proof that he can't handle the pressure.
Yes, the Heat did... hold an unseemly, premature pep rally that crowned themselves champion before a single game was played.
At the podium after the game, James was asked if he cared about such reaction. His reply likely didn't make him any new fans:
“All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before,” LeBron said. “They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want with me and my family and be happy with that.”
In other words: hate on, haters. But your life still sucks compared to mine and, get a life, this is just sports.
Were you happy to see the Heat lose?