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Although lampooning LeBron James is something of a cottage industry in these parts, there are times one has to step up, be the better, and acknowledge that he is just like one of us. Taller, in far better shape, extremely wealthier, and near infinitely more gifted athletically. But other than that, the same.

James, like most parents, has an interest in his children’s activities, especially when said activities involve sports. His oldest son, LeBron Jr. (prefers to go by Bronny), is your average high school student who understandably enjoys sports. He’s quite good at basketball, luckily for him having sufficient height (6’4”) and skill as to not be overly burdened by his last name. Let’s be honest; when your father is widely heralded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, you are best advised to either be very good at the same yourself or pursue a line of interest outside of athletics. It’s not like you have any say in who God picks to be your parents.

Bronny, who will be entering his junior year of high school this fall, was playing this past weekend in a prep showcase mini-tournament at … LeBron James Arena, which is on the grounds of James’ high school alma mater in Akron, Ohio. It is reasonable to believe James helped pay for said arena. Anyway, during the game, the announcer, who may or may not be trying for this year’s Darwin Award, decided it would be a hoot to state on mic that Bronny got a foul call late in a game because his father’s name was on the arena. LeBron took umbrage and strongly spoke to the announcer, so much so it caused a stoppage in play.

Anyway, the ruckus was sufficiently rumble-worthy to evoke police wandering over to the announcer’s vicinity should matters escalate. Thankfully they did not; James eventually returned to his seat, and the game ended without further incident.

While it is tempting to pile on LeBron for his outburst, this should be tempered by the wish of every parent worth their salt: Say

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