Jackson was talking with a ESPN reporter regarding James’ decision to leave Miami, and his relationship with Heat President Pat Riley. This is what Jackson had to say:
“It had to hurt [Miami] when they lost LeBron. That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now (coach Erik) Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane, you are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.
“I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way.”
First of all, if you think Jackson didn’t cater to Michael Jordan, then you need to put down the weed that you are smoking. But that’s not even the issue, superstars have always been catered to in some form or fashion.
James didn’t even have an issue with that. What infuriated him was Jackson’s use of the term ‘Posse’, as well as he should have been. Jackson was inferring that James ran around the country with gang members in tow, when it is actually one of his business associates, Maverick Jackson, who happens to be black. There is simply no way Jackson would have said that about a white player. Now, Jackson is free to say anything he wants, but he needs to know that he is held accountable for his words, which is exactly what James did. Check out the video below: