LeBron James thanks dad for being an absentee father in Instagram post, GQ interview (photo)
In a post to Instagram on Wednesday that excerpts what he said in an interview with GQ, LeBron James sarcastically thanks his father, Anthony McClelland, for not being there when he was a kid, as it gave him the drive and determination necessary to achieve all he has in his life.
LeBron was raised by his single mother, Gloria, after she gave birth to him at 16. His father was never part of his life, something James candidly addresses in the interview.
“Like, ‘Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.’ The fuel that I use—you not being there—it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And be able to put my guys that’s with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in my business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend—he’s my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?”
The Huffington Post created a graphic where LeBron’s quote was excerpted, James saw it and re-posted it to his Instagram account, adding, “Because of you Pops! Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself. Thanks to Huffington Post for the graphic. #StriveForGreatness”
LeBron’s understandable feelings about his absentee father stand in stark contrast to the great love, admiration and respect he has for his mother, something he eloquently professed in a heartfelt essay for “The Shriver Report” and published by TODAY.
People always say I am devoted to my mother. That’s true, but only because for every minute of my life, she has been devoted to me. My mother taught me what devotion truly means. I have tried to pass along her example by helping kids who are growing up in single-parent homes through the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
An inspirational figure in his mother, an inspirational figure in his deadbeat father. For entirely different — but both profound — reasons. As LeBron states, he may not have been the same without how things played out for him as a child. Although that’s nothing that should make his dad feel any sense of pride. A profound sense of shame would be the appropriate reaction.
[H/T Point Forward]