LeBron James took home the Best Championship Performance Award at the ESPYS on July 15…and viewers are PISSED. Why? Because his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, didn’t even WIN the championship! Read some of the angry tweets here!
There’s no doubt that LeBron James, 30, is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but many ESPY Awards viewers were livid when he took home the award for Best Championship Performance at the show on July 15. In fact, after he was announced as the winner, Twitter totally blew up with people ranting about the decision!
Okay, so LeBron TOTALLY carried his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the NBA championship in June, but, unfortunately, they fell short, losing to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6. No one can question that the King had an absolutely DOMINANT performance throughout the team’s entire playoff run, but if the team didn’t win, does LeBron really deserve an award for Best Championship Performance?
Many viewers certainly don’t think so! In the category, the basketball star went up against American Pharoah, the race horse who won the first triple crown since 1978, Madison Burngarner, the 2014 World Series MVP on winning team the San Francisco Giants, and Lauren Haeger, Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 Women’s College Softball World Series from championship team the Florida Gators. Pretty stiff competition, no?!
Well, considering all three of LeBron’s competitors actually WON their respective sports, viewers were not pleased with ESPN’s decision to give the Cavs’ star the award. At the show, someone even called out, “Second place!” as LeBron accepted the trophy (luckily, he took the diss in stride)! But the response on Twitter was even worse — check it out here:
Chill that Lebron can win Best Championship Performance without winning the championship #ESPYS
— Ashley Hamilton (@AshleyHammm) July 16, 2015
How does Lebron James win the best championship performance as a LOSER? #wtf
— Jeff Ho (@jlho_1980) July 16, 2015
That’s fucked up. How does Lebron James win that award? He didn’t win a championship
— Clarkson (@Clarktrocity) July 16, 2015
You say what Lebron James did, losing, in the championship series is more worthy of an award than America Pharaoh? What a joke. I hate him
— Sam Curtis (@Scurtis7700) July 16, 2015
So Lebron James wins “Best Championship Performance” when he LOST the finals…. Lol what?
— Zachary Ruth (@ZacharyRuth17) July 16, 2015
are you serious? LeBron James getting an award for NOT winning the championship? This is ridiculous- give it to the horse. He made history.
— Joe Thornton (@jrobertthornton) July 16, 2015
Lebron James does not deserve to win Best Championship Performance Award.
— Austin Berra (@Austin_Berra) July 16, 2015
HollywoodLifers, do you think LeBron deserved the award?
— Alyssa Norwin