I think I am not the only one who sees a parallel between last year's LeBron James hate and this year's Blake Griffin hate. You can argue LeBron has "The Decision" and that preseason celebration. But is it really his decision to put on "The Decision"? I blame his PR crew and Miami Heat for these. People hate beause they think LeBron has no desire to win. Some people are born more motivated than others. People hate because they think LeBron shys away from the moment. Again, some people are born with loads of talent but are necessarily born to lead (as a side note, I really don't think LeBron James is THAT unclutch. LeBron James' "unclutch" = Blake Griffin's "flopping"). Yes, he is arrogant. But how can anybody with this much talent not be? Being arrogant doesn't mean you should be hated. I have the opportunity to read a few articles about what he does off the court; he seems like a good guy. He's not throwing elbows and giving people concussions. He's not selling drugs or bringing guns to work. The media made us hate him.
Now onto this year, I have said before in a previous fanpost, I list all the reasons why Blake Griffin's hate is not warranted. Looking back, I should've fault LeBron for his ignorance for not seeing the hate train coming and immaturity for some of the questionable decisions he has made more than him being a jerk or a bad person. I think I am not the only one who wished LeBron would fail hard last year. However, experiencing the Blake Griffin hate train really puts me into prospective. The media made us hate LeBron James the same way other people are hating Blake Griffin right now. I realize how ignorant I was. I realize how easily I was being manipulated for page clicks on Yahoo and ESPN.
The 21st century life floods us with information we cannot possibly process while dealing with our lives. Because of this, we formulate a lot of opinions base on hearsay, 30 second newsclips, or quick skim of a 5 or 6 word headline. Therefore, I don't blame a lot of haters for being misinformed. However, there's is a silver lining. Being on the wrong side of the hate train teaches us a thing or two about forming quick opinion of others.
I am not saying that you shouldn't hate. We are all programmed to hate something we don't agree on. You can hate your roommate for not washing the dishes. You can hate your coworker for being a jerk to you. My point is hating something you don't completely understand is bad. Hating something that probably has no affect on you is a waste of your time and energy. You might be hating for the wrong reasons and you don't even know it.