A fair shares of celebrities, athletes and personalities have made appearances on television shows, clubs, parties and parades. Some even take it to the next level, which is World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE. The weekly prime time soap opera for men created by the one and only Vince McMahon has had famous faces like Shaquille O’Neal, Pete Rose and Dennis Rodman enter the ring.
It seems there is something about the spandex speedos and spray-on tans that attract the rich and powerful. Even Donald Trump has graced the wrestling universe with his presence.
Now, LeBron James looks to be heading down a similar path. The “King” celebrated his birthday on Monday as the Miami Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets 97-94. Along with the victory, James posted a tweet after Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy appeared in his post-game interview Sunday night with a WWE championship style belt. The belt, which has been the envy of many stars, signified McCoy’s rushing title but sparked jealousy in James.
The reigning NBA MVP tweeted his interest in a “real” belt and how he could get one. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena both responded to James and offered help in his quest. My concern is James becoming a spectacle for the WWE and the WWE becoming a distraction for James.
With the Heat in the midst of a third consecutive title run and the possibility of free agency lurking around the corner, Miami and all of its parts need as few distractions as possible. The WWE is nothing more than a drawn-out, poorly written and acted play with choreographed fighting. Don’t get me wrong, it is incredibly entertaining, but kills brain cells quickly. I’d be willing to bet that McMahon would do anything to get James to appear in the WWE.
The best thing James can do is get his belt and run. The last thing he or Miami needs is for the best player in the league to become immersed in the chaotic world of professional wrestling, if you can call it that.
James, do yourself, your team and your fans a favor, stay away from the WWE, at least until you’re retired. It might be a great way to market yourself and make some extra cash, but you’re a basketball player, not some juiced-up airhead wearing tights. “King James”, stick to the hardwood.