As much as I oppose Lebron's decision, I'm disgusted that a "professional" official would make such an sophomoric public denouncement. He might as well have said "F you! F you're license plates and your drivers license is expired. You're banished from the state of Ohio. If I see you in da streets it's a wrap. Your moms is ugly. We gunna get your family." I say that jokingly but I'm genuinely worried about the James family right about now. I hope he moved them to safe houses in Pensacola already bc last night I saw and heard multiple accounts of Clevelanders burning Lebron jerseys, now this pompous imbecile dare add kerosene to this flame? How dare you speak of "disloyalty" and call the man (who's made you) "callous, coward, cursed" in the same breath in this corrosion of professional etiquette letter that you have the audacity to post public?
Forget Lebron, this letter is the most ungraceful thing I've seen in sports, EVER. What happened to taking the "L" with dignity?! And truthfully, what did Lebron do that was so wrong?! He gave that city 7 years of heart and dedication and got very little support to do the job. Imagine what you were doing 7 years ago. Imagine you were still in that same school? Imagine you were at that same job with not one bonus or pay raise and never taken the head/lead of a major project (or whatever is the equivalent to a championship in your field). Imagine you were in the same relationship and....(you know what? Some of you are and you too have no ring so I'll leave that can of worms alone.) He made Cleveland an authority in the sports world. One man alone can't win a title.
Should he be like Charles Barkley, Shawn Kemp, Domenic Wilson and countless other athletes who lived and died for a city that never led to a championship? Should he have been like David Robinson, Paul Pierce, Kobe, and Jordan who rather than take a trade out, stood firm, waited for the right co-stars, bled for a team, and eventually, with honor and dignity brought a title(s) to their home city? Or should he be like Allen Iverson who wasted a majority of his prime with a team where he was a one man army? Who are you to think you are so self-righteous to tell him what to do with HIS career? After all the revenue he made you? You ungrateful summBITCH!!?
My friends, what we are looking at is the oldest profession in the world: Pimping and Ho'ing, and a pimp, just got ho'd. And naturally so.....pimps don't like to get ho'd. Much like the draft and free agency, pimps go after the most sought out ho's and if your pimp game isn't strong, if you're beating your ho's with wire hangers, not keeping them happy and fed, they might just up and leave you for the next pimp. Do pimps get ta fighting and a cussin? NO! It's a profession of gentlemen and leisure. "Your ho chose me!" Plain and simple. Get over it. To hear this from an owner is comical. What we're hearing is the bitter rants of a person who knows his pockets just got cut bc he lost his Bottom Bitch. He's not happy that he's going to have to be a bit more conservative with his jet fuel now. James even further ho'd the entire country (World Cup is on, don't nobody outside of the US care about Lebron) and gave the money to charity....AAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWW!!! To Gilbert's comments about sending children the wrong message, here's the message Lebron just sent:
"I do this for my culturePatrick Ewing was on the original........and ONLY Olympic Gold medalist US "Dream Team," and honored as one of the 50 greatest players of all time. He dedicated 95% of his career, heart, health and body to the New York Knicks, led them to many winning seasons, playoffs, and even the finals once, and was dashed away at the end his career to retire shamefully on the Suns. When Charles Oakley was traded, he found out when he came back from vacation and saw his locker cleared out. I only found out two years ago that Jordan was forced into early retirement (thank GOD) by MIS-management and owners in Chicago. JORDAN!?? Of all ppl? Really? You would think the owner would give the man his own landing strip if he asked for it. But no. The league has been ho'ing, selling and trading players for year irregardless of their goals, health and family like kittens in a litter or slaves in the field. To paraphrase Chris Rock, James may be rich, but Gilbert is WEALTHY! I don't cry for billionaires so I don't buy this allegorical tantrum about what Lebron is doing to the game. Three players who like each other all took a PAYCUT for an opportunity to play together and do something great at a time when ppl complain that players only think about money.
To let 'em know what a ____ look like...when a ____ in a roaster
Show 'em how to move in a room full 'o vultures
Industry shady it need to be taken over
Label owners hate me I'm raisin' the status quo up
I'm overchargin' _____ for what they did to the Cold Crush.
Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you ho'd us
We can talk, but money talks so talk mo' bucks"
One last thing as I dismount my soapbox, I lost a lot of respect and sympathy for you jersey burning, so-called fans. You disgust me. It was obvious that he was leaving but this is how you repay him for what he's done, you bitter ex you? Did Orlando fans do this when Shaq left? 4 rings later, does anyone care? It's fair-weather fans like you as well as execs like Gilbert who ruin the sport....NOT the players. Thank you for that letter Gilbert. It is further telling of the UNDER story as to why a person would leave their beloved hometown. (Not to mention no ones confirming nor denying the Delonte West allegations. If it were untrue, wouldn't you clear that up by now?!!) Any New York Knicks fan would PROUDLY wear a number 33 jersey to this day.......ringless fingers and all.
Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.
There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE"
You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day....
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue....