The other night, LeBron James got in his car and headed to the Jay-Z/ Justin Timberlake concert. Unfortunately, traffic was a nightmare. The NBA superstar inched along for as long as he could, but once it became obvious he was going to miss out on the show, King James decided to use his status as one of the most famous men in the United States to his advantage.
Rather than fight his way forward, he arranged for the police to swing by and escort him down the wrong side of the road. He made the concert in time, assumedly had a nice evening and later posted the footage to his Instagram account. Unfortunately, that final decision has opened up quite a can of worms thanks to the practical implications of police officers using time and resources to escort an athlete to a concert.
On the one hand, it’s easy to see where the complainers are coming from. The city of Miami isn’t exactly Martha’s Vineyard. Real crime happens every single day. The city could use more officers, not less. It’s unlikely the cops involved here were actually on duty, but at the very least, they were using company vehicles and using their cop powers. Besides, it’s not as if anyone else was getting the same treatment. There were probably dozens or even hundreds of other people heading to the same concert, and they sucked it up and fought the traffic.
On the other hand, LeBron has made the city of Miami millions of dollars in tourism. He could have stayed in Cleveland. He could have gone to Chicago or New York. Instead, he moved to Florida and because of it, those fine taxpayers and those cops have two NBA Championships to celebrate and hordes of tourists coming in to watch one of the most exciting shows on Earth. Yeah, no one else got escorted to the concert and that’s unequal, but nothing about LeBron has ever been equal. He might take a lot more, but he gives a whole lot more too.
Personally, I have no problem with LeBron getting a little perk here or there. If some cops want to spend their off-time driving him to the stadium, so be it. He’s earned it, in my mind, with those two titles, but I can definitely see why a lot of people disagree.
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