Some people take the whole Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate way, way too seriously. (If you don’t believe me, check out the comments on this post after it’s been up for 24 hours.)
Daniel Mondelice is apparently one of those people. From the Associated Press:
Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man’s arrest on aggravated assault and other charges.
The Centre Daily Times reports that 22-year-old Daniel Mondelice was first arrested early Saturday after fighting with another man over whether Air Jordan or King James reigns supreme.
It wasn’t clear which player Mondelice backed.
Mondelice was released on bond. However, he went to a woman’s home in the State College area (where the arrest took place), while there became argumentative and the police had to be called again. He was taken into custody at that home and spent the rest of the weekend in jail, according to the report.
I could try to use logic and suggest that discussing the complete (and mythologized) legacy of Jordan with the incomplete — he’s still in his prime with chapters to be written — legacy of James is a fool’s errand. We don’t know what we will think of LeBron in a decade. But Mr. Mondelice — and many commenters on this post, no doubt — are not swayed by logic. Or the idea of patience. Their opinions are set and the world will conform to them. That always works out well.