LeBron James Opts Out

LeBron James Opts Out

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Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 12:33PM EDT by Don.

Added Jun 27, 2014 at 11:39AM EDT by Don.

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Lebron Opts Out refers to professional basketball player LeBron James’ announcement in June 2014 that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract with the Miami Heat in order to become a free agent. Following the revelation, many Internet users reacted by posting image macros joking about the news.


On June 24th, 2014, ESPN sportswriter Chris Broussard[1] tweeted that James’ agent had informed the Miami Heat that LeBron would be opting out of his contract. Within 72 hours, the tweet gained over 6,000 retweets and 1,400 favorites.

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Online Reaction

Immediately after Broussard’s tweet, Twitter users began posting image macro reactions to the news, many of which joked how Heat fans would shift their loyalties to LeBron’s new team (shown below).

On Reddit, several posts about James’ exercising his termination option reached the front page,[2][3][4] including an image macro mocking fans of LeBron who aren’t sure what team they will back next (shown below).

News Media Coverage

In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the social media response to termination news, including the Miami Herald,[5] Sportige,[6] Complex,[7] Ball is Life,[8] Gossip on This[9] and Fox Sports.[10]

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