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(CNN)   Shaq is rich. LeBron is wealthy   (cnn.com) divider line
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2022-06-03 3:28:16 PM  
Perhaps I need to be friends with him.
 
2022-06-03 4:06:50 PM  
They say he's made over $1B in his lifetime.  I assume he's been smart enough to invest this to where he's not been at a loss with any of this... but "billionaire" means you currently own $1B in cash and assets.

If someone makes $1B over time and ends up with a net worth of $400M... they're not a billionaire.
 
2022-06-03 4:42:09 PM  
Good for him
 
2022-06-03 5:27:32 PM  
Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.
 
2022-06-03 6:21:00 PM  

ElwoodCuse: Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.


Mighty whi... er... American of them.
 
2022-06-03 8:01:19 PM  
Shaq made all his money in college, everyone knows that.
 
2022-06-03 9:27:36 PM  
I like to think that somewhere, some NCAA a-hole is pissed and bitter because they didn't get a cut.
 
2022-06-03 10:51:23 PM  

ElwoodCuse: Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.


The lighter side of slavery.  There's a colorism joke in there somewhere.
 
2022-06-03 10:51:34 PM  

ElwoodCuse: Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.


Jordan, Lebron, Kobe, Melo, Wade, Vick, Fitzgerald, and who knows how many other Nike team athletes I'm forgetting that either have signature shoes (or in the case of Wade and Fitz, were the official athletes of a specific product line) are not the ones vetting factories, doing CBAs, social/environmental audits, etc.

With their names ON or tied to the product, should these athletes be doing more to insist Nike does everyone better with ethically sourced and produced product? Absolutely. But at the end of the day Nike is just paying for their name and  endorsement.
 
2022-06-04 12:38:54 AM  

mattgsx: ElwoodCuse: Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.

Jordan, Lebron, Kobe, Melo, Wade, Vick, Fitzgerald, and who knows how many other Nike team athletes I'm forgetting that either have signature shoes (or in the case of Wade and Fitz, were the official athletes of a specific product line) are not the ones vetting factories, doing CBAs, social/environmental audits, etc.

With their names ON or tied to the product, should these athletes be doing more to insist Nike does everyone better with ethically sourced and produced product? Absolutely. But at the end of the day Nike is just paying for their name and  endorsement.


What's your point? They should do more, but "got paid, FU"? and who's Fitzgerald?
 
2022-06-04 6:16:05 AM  

ElwoodCuse: Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.


Ah, the irony.  This coming from the person who, at least in baseball threads, defends the kind of outrageous money made by professional athletes as "they deserve every penny."  Oh, and manages to spin it as "management vs. labor", because a baseball player earning $30 million every year is akin to the Amazon worker who's trying to unionize.

Here's a clue -- EVERY athlete earning incredible sums of money is exploiting poor people, and it doesn't matter if they're earning it from salary or endorsements.  Poor people who are too f*cking stupid to realize that they're feeding a machine that's designed to distract people from the real problems we face every day.
 
2022-06-04 7:27:16 AM  

The Weekend Baker: ElwoodCuse: Lebron and Jordan are proof that no one ever gets to be a billionaire through labor. They're two of the best basketball players of all time, but they didn't become billionaires from their NBA salary. They got it by exploiting people in poor countries to sell clothing.

Ah, the irony.  This coming from the person who, at least in baseball threads, defends the kind of outrageous money made by professional athletes as "they deserve every penny."  Oh, and manages to spin it as "management vs. labor", because a baseball player earning $30 million every year is akin to the Amazon worker who's trying to unionize.

Here's a clue -- EVERY athlete earning incredible sums of money is exploiting poor people, and it doesn't matter if they're earning it from salary or endorsements.  Poor people who are too f*cking stupid to realize that they're feeding a machine that's designed to distract people from the real problems we face every day.


This is...a take
 
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