Does Phil Jackson Owe LeBron James an Apology for "Posse" Remark?

Coded language with racial undertones is nothing new to America, so what was Jackson thinking?!

Sports
4,373 Hypes 0 Comments

LeBron told a sea of reporters this Tuesday afternoon that he lost a lot of respect for coaching legend and current Knicks executive, Phil Jackson, after he called his friends and business partners a “posse” in an ESPN exclusive interview.

When asked if he had any previous ties to Jackson, James said “Zero. No relationship at all.” He added, “I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do. Obviously he was at the helm of [the team with] my favorite player of all time [Michael Jordan], and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him.”

In an interview published earlier this week, Jackson revisited James’s departure from the Miami Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2014, and what it meant for Heat President Pat Riley.

“It had to hurt when they lost LeBron,” Jackson said. “That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland. I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way.”

LeBron’s longtime friend and business associate, Maverick Carter, spoke out about Jackson’s remarks on Monday. “It’s the word ‘posse’ and the characterization I take offense to,” Carter said. “If he would have said LeBron and his agent, LeBron and his business partners or LeBron and his friends, that’s one thing. Yet because you’re young and black, he can use that word. We’re grown men.”

James agreed with this coded wording, and added Jackson likely wouldn’t have used the word “posse” if he was to describe a powerful sports figure who isn’t African-American. The reigning NBA champ continued to break down the word and its meaning. “If you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said. “It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.”

Bron does make a strong point. The use of coded language to push a racist agenda is nothing new in America, where words and phrases like “thug,” “inner city,” “law and order,” “illegal alien” and many more may mean one thing to the general public, while resonating much differently with a hateful subgroup. The term “posse” undermines their business endeavors and community outreach programs, while implying they’re a group of aggressive black men with ulterior motives. Whether or not Phil meant it in that way, he should by now realize why his choice of words is offensive to LeBron and people of color around the country.

The Cavs superstar finished his interview with thoughts on how his young fans may view those remarks and his reaction.

“My whole goal is while I have this platform and this muscle that I have right now is how can I better the youth that looks at me every single day and sees what I do and sees what I say and sees the way I walk and talk and what I wear and use it as a positive way to get out of the situation they’re in. I’m not going to be that guy that ever downplays somebody or tries to knock someone off just (to) feel better about myself.”

LeBron and the Cavaliers face the Toronto Raptors tonight.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter To Executive Produce Hockey Documentary 'Black Ice'
Entertainment

LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter To Executive Produce Hockey Documentary 'Black Ice'

Exploring systemic racism in the sport.

LeBron James' SpringHill Co. Rumored to Hit $750 Million USD in Valuation
Entertainment 

LeBron James' SpringHill Co. Rumored to Hit $750 Million USD in Valuation

With a roster of projects such as ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,’ a ‘House Party’ remake and ‘Hustle’.

Is It Curtain Call for the LeBron James Show?
Sports

Is It Curtain Call for the LeBron James Show?

After King James’ defeat in the first round of the playoffs — for the first time in his 18-year career — we dissect reports of his decline.


Take a First Look at LeBron James' Latest Nike LeBron 19 in Black
Footwear

Take a First Look at LeBron James' Latest Nike LeBron 19 in Black

Lacing up for his 19th NBA career season.

Tinder's New Update Makes It Easier for More Than 35 Gender Types to Find Love
Tech

Tinder's New Update Makes It Easier for More Than 35 Gender Types to Find Love

#AllTypesAllSwipes

Google Photos Can Now Digitize Your Old Polaroids
Tech

Google Photos Can Now Digitize Your Old Polaroids

Introducing PhotoScan.

Filling Pieces Drops Three Exclusive Sneakers for Barneys New York's Sole Series
Footwear

Filling Pieces Drops Three Exclusive Sneakers for Barneys New York's Sole Series

A trio of limited-edition low-tops can be pre-ordered now.

Hannibal Buress to Star in Upcoming Flying Lotus-Directed Movie, 'Kuso'
Music

Hannibal Buress to Star in Upcoming Flying Lotus-Directed Movie, 'Kuso'

New details surrounding FlyLo’s feature film have emerged.

James Franco Plays an Obnoxious "Internet Zillionaire" in New Red Band Trailer for 'Why Him?'
Entertainment

James Franco Plays an Obnoxious "Internet Zillionaire" in New Red Band Trailer for 'Why Him?'

Starring Bryan Cranston as an “overprotective” dad.


This Is When You Can Get Your Hands on the BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS x adidas NMD R1
Footwear

This Is When You Can Get Your Hands on the BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS x adidas NMD R1

Pinstripes never looked so good.

Russell Wilson Explains Why He Wants to Bring the NBA Back to Seattle
Sports

Russell Wilson Explains Why He Wants to Bring the NBA Back to Seattle

Will we see the SuperSonics again?

BAPE Now Details Its BAPESTA Low With the Iconic Shark Motif
Footwear

BAPE Now Details Its BAPESTA Low With the Iconic Shark Motif

The hits just keep on coming.

Ian Reid Talks About His Collaboration With Girl Skateboards and His History With BDSM Photography
Art

Ian Reid Talks About His Collaboration With Girl Skateboards and His History With BDSM Photography

Plus a look into his transition from skate to photo.

Opening Ceremony Drops an Exclusive "Big Cat" Pack of Vans
Footwear

Opening Ceremony Drops an Exclusive "Big Cat" Pack of Vans

Leopard spots and tiger stripes hit fuzzy versions of the Old Skool and Classic Slip-On.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.