Hi White haters!
Poll Shows White People Disproportionately Hate LeBron James
Via ESPN reports:
LeBron James was once asked by CNN if race played a role in the post-Decision backlash. His response seems rather benign when extracted from the frenzied context of late 2010: “I think so, at times. There’s always a race factor,” James said, stating what appears to be objective fact when you dig into the numbers. His dry “at times” assessment of course provoked outrage. LeBron was right, though.
In ESPN’s poll results, we can see that The Decision markedly hurt LeBron’s popularity across the board. The impact wasn’t felt equally across demographics, though.
Before the Decision, 14.80 percent of white NBA fans listed LeBron as their favorite player. The next season, that number nosedived to 8.56 percent. The next season, 6.83 percent of white NBA fans also listed LeBron No. 1, less than half his initial white fanbase. According to our most recent data, LeBron rode multiple championships to a 9.69 percent mark among white fans — still far below his 2010 apogee. Within this demographic LeBron’s the rare player who was far more popular before winning two championships.
The reluctance of white fans to embrace LeBron again is the principle reason his overall popularity lags behind what it was with the Cavs. It’s easy to come up with theories on why this is so, and harder to prove those theories. Other demographics have been far more forgiving, though.