Article pulled asking for names for LeBron’s unborn child after commenters get nasty
So, in case you hadn’t heard — or do not make the procreational, family-expanding habits of NBA stars an aspect of your daily Internet searches — LeBron James and his wife, Savannah, apparently are expecting the couple’s third child.
Miami Heat president Pat Riley let the proverbial cat out of the bag during his annual end-of-the-season press conference on Thursday — one of the few times the “pissed” president wasn’t busy playing the cantankerous, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” card — revealing that LeBron and wife are expecting a daughter.
“Savannah now is going to have a little baby girl to join her in the fight against the two boys and LeBron,” Riley said. “Which she needs.”
Of course, this is a very happy moment for the James, but an article posted by Cleveland.com in which readers are asked to provide suggestions for the name of the upcoming baby girl made it clear that not only can people be downright nasty on the Internet — duh — it also revealed that people residing in a town who were spurned by its hometown hero when he took his talents to South Beach are still pretty bitter about it.
So bitter, in fact, that the name suggestion comments section got downright nasty. So nasty, in fact, that Cleveland.com had no choice to pull the article, although the editors should have known better from the onset.
Bad Idea Jeans, man. Bad. Idea. Jeans.
clevescene.com took note of the savagery and chronicled some of the horrible, despicable and sometimes, flat-out racist vitriol spewed forth in the comments section. The article does a phenomenal job of establishing just how horrible an idea this was from the get-go in list form, but perhaps summarize it best in the following passage (minutely edited for profanity):
2. Pandering to idiots and racists.
A better headline to the piece would have been “The guy you once adored but then chose to passionately hate is raising a family in a stable and loving environment: What overtly racist insults can you come up with to disrespect his unborn daughter? (Bonus points for implying Delonte West [expletive] his mother and his wife, too)”
Their original is probably more SEO-friendly, but whatever.
The outcome of it is obvious. it had more than 20 comments by the time I stumbled on it, and most had to do with racial stereotypes or Delonte West. One of the first comments embedded a video called “Top 60 Ghetto Black Names” where the people in front of the camera mockingly rattle off names like “Fo’Landra,” “Sha’Nay Nay,” “Elephantisha,” “Koolaidria,” “Watermelondrea,” and “Fri’Chickenisha.” Top quality entertainment there.
Other suggestions from the commenters — preserved from the since-deleted post thanks to screenshots — include “Alimonee,” “LeGitimate,” “Mi-lion-alrequa,” “Gloria-Delonte” and “Le’Traitor.” One rattled off five: “Tameeka,” “Moeesha,” “Lexus,” “Mercedes” and “LeQuanza.”
LeBron’s two sons are named LeBron Jr., and Bryce. But, because he’s black, cleveland.com commenters, the people they specifically prompted for their thoughts, think his daughter should be named “LeQuanza” or “Alimonee.”
Again. Bad Idea Jeans, man. Bad. Freaking. Idea. Jeans. Who are the content wizards who came up with this one???