LeBron highlights double standards: When a star leaves, he gets labeled a snake

LeBron James bemoaned the unfair narratives surrounding trades and free agency as he highlighted the double standards players deal with in the NBA after Blake Griffin was traded to the Pistons by the Clippers.

Star forward Griffin, 28, was stunned when he was dealt to the Pistons Monday, having been drafted with the number one pick by the Clippers in 2009.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and three-time NBA champion James is no stranger to moving around in the league after leaving Ohio for the Heat in 2010 before returning in 2014.

It’s the following list that raises red flags, though. Griffin had a bad bone bruise to his left knee, a meniscus tear in his left knee and started his career by sitting out his first season with a broken left kneecap. He went through a strained MCL injury — in, you guessed it, his left knee — that cost him a month this season. The guy obviously has a bum left knee, and the net result of all this has been 99 games missed in the past four years.

The 34-year-old Bouwmeester has dressed in 35 games this season and has two goals and five assists. But he was averaging 20 minutes a game when in the lineup, ice time the Blues will have to make up for.

Upshall, who injured a knee Saturday against Dallas, has seven goals and 11 assists in 61 games.

Six months ago, it appeared that Clippers star forward Blake Griffin and his new $173 million contract were untradeable. On Monday, Griffin was shipped to Detroit.

If there’s a player who correlates best with Griffin around the league — a star big man who is Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids languishing on a mediocre team, surrounded by trade rumors that have gone nowhere — it’s the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. But, like Griffin up until the last week or two, Davis has been declared untouchable by New Orleans’Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China brass.

Panthers fill void by signing safety Jairus Byrd

The Carolina Panthers signed three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd on Tuesday with starter Kurt Coleman set to miss multiple games with a sprained knee.

Byrd was a three-time Pro Bowl selection early in his career with the Buffalo Bills. He signed a blockbuster six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2014 worth up to $54 million.

But Byrd suffered a major knee injury during practice four games into the 2014 season and never totally returned to form. Scheduled to make $7.8 million in salary and bonuses this season, he was released in March and remained unsigned until Tuesday.

“I’m tired of the cameras in my face all the time,” Villanueva said after a 29-6 win Sunday (via USA Today). “It’s crazy. It’s sad, because we had the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game and everybody is focused on the pregame procedures.”

Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor, so it’s no surprise he has become the poster boy for those upset with players demonstrating during the anthem. However, Villanueva has no interest in playing that role.

“To use me as a tool to push an agenda and push message is completely unacceptable,” he said. “I respect every single player in the NFL. Every single citizen has their rights. I am not into the Cheap Barcelona Jerseys politics of the game. I’m just a football player.”

Villanueva said last week he felt “embarrassed” about being the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China lone Steeler on the field in Week 3 at Chicago and that “this national anthem ordeal has sort of been out of control.”