Bigger Crybaby: LeBron James Or Aaron Rodgers? | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
There are two superstars from two different sports making headlines as May begins; one is LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, and the other is Aaron Rodgers (currently) of the Green Bay Packers. Both are known as athletes known for being a bit whiny, yet both are taking their bellyaching to a whole new level in recently days. So, who is the bigger crybaby, “The King,” or the “Diva” quarterback?
Sadly, for LeBron James, the 2021 NBA season hasn’t gone as well as he would have liked. Sure, it was only seven months ago that James and the Los Angeles Lakers won the asterisk covered NBA Finals. But as spring arrives and “The Chosen One” is seeing his athletic mortality hit him in the face with every injury he suffers, James is now upset that his team may fall into the seventh seed in the NBA’s Western Conference, forcing them to participate in the first play-in tournament to secure a playoff berth.
I can't believe the NBA hastily implemented a change that makes games more interesting and meaningful pic.twitter.com/B1y23dJD9s
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 3, 2021
LeBron’s whining has caught the attention of many around the league, with 76ers executive Daryl Morey tweeting out, “I can’t believe the NBA hastily implemented a change that makes games more meaningful,” a swipe at the new rule for setting the playoff brackets as well as LeBron James.
LeBron on the NBA Play-In Tournament: "Whatever the case may be or we end up in the Playoff whatever that things is. Whoever came up with that s**t needs to be fired. But whatever." pic.twitter.com/lwRReGAQQ8
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 3, 2021
Lebron signed off on the tournament but now that the Lakers are in it people gotta get fired pic.twitter.com/9HAH2KBBYV
— Kai Park (@TheGamingBro56) May 3, 2021
the play-in tournament was lebron’s idea this whole time??? pic.twitter.com/HicI4ZB4qJ
— buckets (@buckets) May 3, 2021
As you may remember, James was supportive of the idea put forth by Adam Silver in March of last year; but now, with his team on the brink of being the seventh seed, James said this weekend, “Whoever came up with that shit needs to be fired.”
Aaron Rodgers is "adamant" that he won't return to the Packers if Brian Gutekunst remains as the GM, per @CharlesRobinson
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 1, 2021
There's no way Aaron Rodgers should be allowed to fire Brian Gutekunst. That's too much power.
Aaron Rodgers should be allowed to nominate a younger, more athletic replacement for Gutekunst who can take over in a couple of years to keep the Packers operating at a high level.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) May 1, 2021
Aaron Rodgers is looking unbothered at the Kentucky Derby @brgridiron
(via frankieshebby/IG) pic.twitter.com/umP70V5lNZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 1, 2021
Then we have horse enthusiast and Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who thought on the eve of the NFL Draft last week would be a perfect time to make it known that he wants out of Green Bay. Rodgers would later clarify his remarks by letting both the team and the Packers fanbase know he would be more than happy to return to Lambeau Field for the 2021 season, provided the team’s general manager Brian Gutekunst was fired before the start of training camp. Rodgers even went so far as to channel his inner Ben Roethlisberger when he made it known if Gutekunst wasn’t fired, he would consider retirement rather than returning to Green Bay for the upcoming season.
Still no quit in this @Raptors run to the finish line. @pskills43 with 39. @Klow7 with 37 in a big win over @lakers who saw Lebron leave with an ankle injury. Another key one coming Tuesday @LAClippers on @TSN_Sports
— Rod Black (@RodBlackTSN) May 3, 2021
We didn't hear Dallas complain about it until the Mavericks were seventh in the West, which was poor form, and the same holds true now with the Lakers: It rings hollow to protest only when your team is suddenly at risk of having to play the play-in round. https://t.co/2o5Av0tmyh
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 3, 2021
It doesn’t take much to upset either LeBron James or Aaron Rodgers, and both have been upset in recent weeks. James tried to come back from a high-ankle sprain but was forced to leave his second game back early when pain returned to the same foot. Without being on the court for six weeks, a weak Lakers squad slipped from second into a three-way tie for fifth in the Western Conference standings, making James face the prospect of being in the NBA’s first play-in tournament in order to secure a playoff berth at the end of the regular season.
The play-in tournament was a concept James liked last year when it was first proposed, but doesn’t like now since he may need to fight to defend his NBA crown by using it to make the postseason.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2021
Rodgers, it is being reported, was asked to redo his contract with the Packers to provide the team more cap space. The process seems to have offended Rodgers, prompting his call for Gutekunst to be fired or have the team face playing without him. This while Rodgers is making it clear which teams he wants to play for; including Denver, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Rodgers, in classic passive-aggressive move, also did an off-camera interview from the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, confirming that he is unable with the Green Bay Packers.
As much as I like Rodgers, I am giving him the nod here for biggest crybaby for this reason: He needs to remember that sports for most of the year is a business first, and his contract talks are part of that business.
I want Aaron Rodgers under center in 2021, obviously. That is the ideal, best case scenario. But I want the Green Bay Packers to win football games more, and if this drama distracts to the point where that doesn't happen, then you have to part ways with said drama.
— Perri Goldstein (@perri_goldstein) May 3, 2021
I know Rodgers is coming off an MVP season and one of the best seasons of his career; but from a business standpoint, it would be difficult for any team to expect him to repeat his 2020 performance next season. So, asking for some salary cap relief is not uncommon in a situation like this, and something Rodgers cannot take personally, which he clearly is by calling for people to be fired and being a crybaby.
This injury took a toll on Bron. pic.twitter.com/14m1QSkBCL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 1, 2021
LeBron James, for all his whining is just upset because for the first time in his career he is facing the fact that he is not immortal. He admitted after his first game back since his injury in late March that he will never be 100% healthy again. James understands that because of his injury, a 72-game season may come down to two games, and what was a promising start to this year may turn into a missed opportunity to win another title for a player that has few chances left to do so.
I understand where James is coming from and respect his frustration … Rodgers, on the other hand, is being a crybaby of the worst kind, and I hope he is forced to deal with people he doesn’t want to work with or does the unthinkable, quit the Green Bay Packers this offseason. Maybe then a few more athletes like James and Rodgers will understand that in life everyone is replaceable, even future Hall of Famers like them.
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