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Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 11:42 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted a letter to Cavs fans regarding LeBron James on the team's website tonight, and it is truly shocking. In the letter, Gilbert lays into James (passively aggressively, never once using the word "LeBron" and using "James" only once) for what he refers to as a "cowardly betrayal. " He talks about the ridiculous spectacle of James' television special. He tells Cleveland fans they deserve more than the betrayal they received.

And then the kicker.

You see, he wrote in Comic Sans so that you would know he's serious.

Gilbert's letter is clearly an emotional reaction an emotional situation. The franchise, who they had specifically built the entire organization around, has left them. But to paint James' departure as a cowardly betrayal is a bit much. Danny Ferry had years to build a championship organization around the best player in basketball, and instead always opted for the safe way out. The easy route. The compromise value deal. Acquiring players like Wally Szczerbiak and Ben Wallace and even Antawn Jamison were safe moves that involved no real risk and yet never capitalized on the big move. Meanwhile, James saw the Lakers and Celtics win championships with all out moves to surround their best players with top tier talent.

Gilbert has taken control of his own message, and it's clear. LeBron James is dead to the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland as far as he's concerned. James may not have wanted to burn bridges in his hometown, but tomorrow, he'll wake up and smell the smoke.

That part of his life is over. Forever.

(Read the full letter from Gilbert here .)


Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:10 am

Okay, whats the plan?

Okay, it sounds good that your guaranteeing a Cavalier championship for Cleveland.
What your plan?  How are you going to accomplish this admirable goal.
You couldnt do it with are you going to do it without him?

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:09 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

It's finally nice to hear someone put LeBron in his place instead of kissing his ass...there was NOTHING wrong with this letter...unless youre a TRUE Cleveland fan ( not just a Cav's fan), you wouldnt understand this letter at all. WE needed to hear this...

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:09 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

It's an emotional response. It's too bad, too. He should be apologizing to Cleveland's fans for not being willing to go get the star needed to win with Lebron. The TV show was stupid, but I think it's kind os ridiculous for the press to keep crushing Lebron for that when they were all about it. Lebron did what he felt he had to do. Gilbert now has the opportunity to start over and build a team. Acting like a whiny cry baby certainly wont get anyone to want to play there.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:03 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

We all know LeBron is a douche. But to think that the Cavs have a chance at winning a championship before the King retires is a joke. I still don't think he will get his ring anytime soon though.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:56 pm

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

wow. an owner wth such lack of class.  He gave them so much.

I agree the tv wasn't the best place  but the owners response is a disgrace.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:53 pm

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Kudos Dan Gilbert!  It is nice to see an owner say what they people are thinking!

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