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Jonathan Martin jokes about LeBron James' cramps, Twitter ninnies pounce

2014 NBA Finals - Game One
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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 05: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat sits on the bench after leaving the game in the fourth quarter with cramps against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 5, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LeBron James stumbled through the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals with debilitating cramps, setting off waves of ridiculous LEBRON IS NOT ELITE criticism throughout the sports world. One of those giving James grief for lack of toughness? None other than 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin:

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Via @J_Martin71

Via @J_Martin71

 Martin, you may recall, was at the epicenter of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal. He blew the whistle on Richie Incognito and others, a move that could have ended his career but resulted in sweeping changes to the entire NFL locker room culture. So, yeah, maybe a dopey tweet about toughening up wasn't the wisest play to run, even if it was (possibly) a joke.

Naturally, instant reaction broke fast and hard against Martin, the general gist being how dare a guy who COULDN'T HANDLE BEIN' A REAL MAN IN THE REAL MEN'S NFL tell someone else to get back in the game?

You get the idea. There's some real poets out there on Twitter. Plenty of other other would-be tough guys also weighed in on LeBron, none of whom, best we could tell, have led teams to five NBA Finals:

It's worth noting that other athletes had LeBron's back:

The entire rabid shoot-anything-that-moves culture of Twitter is too vast a subject to handle right here, but it's relevant. Martin learned the hard truth of social media: if you've taken an unpopular stand on any issue, you're really never going to be able to speak freely in public again. In any event, Martin, who probably knows more about the physical reality of cramps than any 20 of his critics, quickly deleted the tweet.

Tip to all concerned, though: nobody cares how tough you talk on the Internet. Nobody.

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Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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