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LeBron James rips NBA double standard after Blake Griffin trade

2018-01-31

The King appears to be a little bitter about loyalty. 

LeBron James vented to the media about the Blake Griffin trade before the Cavaliers lost 125-144 to the Pistons Tuesday. LeBron talked about the unfair narratives around players when they choose to walk away from a franchise compared to being traded away.

The Cavaliers star told Cleveland.com being traded was "unfortunate" because the forward had signed a multi-year deal to remain with the Clippers last summer. He used the situation as an example of a double standard in the NBA when it comes to loyalty.

Blake Griffin was traded from the Clippers to the Pistons in a surprise trade Monday.

Blake Griffin was traded from the Clippers to the Pistons in a surprise trade Monday.

(Mark J. Terrill/AP)

"When a player gets traded, it's they were doing what's best for the franchise," James said. "But when a player decides to leave, it's, 'He's not loyal. He's a snake. He's not committed.' It's just, that's the narrative of how it goes. So I'm definitely [aware]. I know that firsthand."

When Griffin signed with the Clippers this past offseason, he likely believed he'd be playing out the remainder of his prime in Los Angeles. Instead, he was shocked when he was shipped to the Pistons Monday. Griffin did not suit up in Tuesday's showdown with the Cavs. 

LeBron James vented to the media about the Blake Griffin trade before the Cavaliers lost 125-144 to the Pistons Tuesday.

(Duane Burleson/AP)

LeBron is no stranger towards people questioning his loyalty.

When he signed with the Heat as a free agent in 2010, he became an NBA villain of sorts with many believing he betrayed his home state and the team that drafted him to join a superteam. He then left the Heat in 2014 to return to the Cavaliers.