Some background: Plaxico Burress, for those who don’t know, is a wide receiver for the New York Jets. It’s Burress’ first year with the Jets following a stint in prison, which he received for shooting himself in the leg at a New York City nightclub. All-in-all, that incident has to go down as one of the most brilliant moves ever made by a professional athlete.
Anyway, last Sunday, when the Jets played the Buffalo Bills, Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson imitated the Burress incident after he scored a touchdown, which actually led to Johnson receiving a $10,000 fine for his antics. The celebration in question:
Fast forward to a celebrity flag football game held by LeBron James, and the Burress celebration rears its head again, this time, courtesy of King James himself:
And now, as is normally the case when LeBron James does anything, reaction is blowing up. It started on ESPN’s First Take and has since moved to the Twitter masses, which has not one, but two trends devoted to the reaction of James’ Plaxic Burress/Stevie Johnson celebration. Oddly enough, very little of the reaction tookJames to task. Instead, most of the responses are aimed at Hugh Douglas and Skip Bayless, today’s hosts of First Take, and for their ability to “hate” on LeBron James:
@KingJames isnt allowed to leave the house until he wins a championshipSo pretty much according to Skip Bayless,
Skip Bayless esque Bron hate aside, he’s the best all around player in the league. But you’re foolish to trust him in clutch situations…
#NEWSFLASH you don’t either! lolhahahahahahahahahahahaha hugh Douglas said Bron shouldn’t play flag football cuz he don’t have a ring…
Hugh Douglas don’t feel good bout trending! We’re only talking about how dumb u looked talking bad about Bron playing flag FB.
@RealSkipBayless did!Dear Hugh Douglas.. You don’t have a ring either dummy! Stop tryna get famous by hating on Lebron like
@KingJames was laughin when he watched thatHugh Douglas just came off as one salty mf…how hard you think
It’s a weird world we live when LeBron James, one of the most criticized athletes of our time, is treated as a sympathetic figure because the people going after him are doing so in a buffoonish manner. To be honest, my expectation was one that saw LeBron being pilloried across the social Internet. To see the opposite happen, that is, people attacking his critics, is not normal behavior for the Internet crowd.