LeBron James, the undisputed king of NBA basketball and two-time reigning champion, is in desperate need of an umbrella this morning because he is being pelted from a torrential downpour of criticism after sitting out the majority of the fourth quarter with a left leg cramp that caused him to have to be carried to a seat on the sidelines.
With the Heat up two points midway through the 4th quarter, James had to leave the game and never returned as his team suffered a 15-point loss. Things got out of hand on the court quickly, and then social media platforms pounced on King James with no mercy.
It wasn’t just basketball fans going after the four-time MVP; Gatorade’s Twitter account responded with a few zingers to people who mistakenly thought James was a client of theirs. There were tweets from the Gatorade about the temperature on the court and even one encouraging the play of Dwyane Wade who is a Gatorade athlete. But they didn’t pull punches with replies about James on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
It was a total bloodbath on social media. Take a look at some of the most hilarious responses to James’ cramp up in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals: