Smack, Twitter / Jun 6, 2014 / 11:40 am

The Harsh Twitter Reaction To LeBron’s Cramps

Dwyane Wade, Eric Spolestra, LeBron James

Dwyane Wade, Eric Spolestra, LeBron James (Brendan Maloney- USA TODAY Sports)

When LeBron James, the best player in the world, has to leave a Finals game in the fourth quarter because of leg cramps, it opens up the floodgates on Twitter. We already covered Gatorade’s reaction, but here’s what the rest of Twitter had to say about the cramps.

The internet, like the temperature level at AT&T Center last night, would not chill. There was an immediate rush to turn #LeBroning into a meme:

It was also an opportunity for anyone looking to get themselves noticed with a parody account. Note: please don’t do this, unless you’re a highly skilled professional comedian:

Former NBA players were getting into the conversation, too. Check out this exchange between Olden Polynice and Nick Van Exel:

Polynice’s tweet was just the start of Twitter starting to move all the jokes into the “LeBron is a female” territory. You would expect this from a particular crowd on Twitter (and if you do anything this morning, do not run a Twitter search for “cramp stamp”, unless you like terrible jokes), but national media personalities were the ones leading the charge:

There are times when jokes like this are harmless. But when you have a large audience waiting for you to draw the line on what’s appropriate, this sets the tone for the rest of Twitter to just go crazy.

I’m all for smart, nuanced humor even if it’s about the best player in the world leaving a game on the biggest stage because of cramps. Unfortunately, that’s not the result when LeBron fails and we all just decide to be part of it right away without thinking much about it.

What do you think?

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  • http://30homegames.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page.html 30HomeGames

    Some classless stuff from former athletes and people who should know better. I’d expect it on the floor as it’d be good trash talking from a competitive level.
    But when its a person behind a keyboard challenging someone who’s actually on the court living it… oh well.