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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: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:29 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

All this coming from a guy who roots for 3 different teams in 3 different cities. I completely understand your thoughts. You wouldn't know hometown loyalty if it hit you in the face.

Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:25 am


Great Job LeBron.  Way to become the next A-Rod.  Leave a team that adores you to go win a championship.  The only problem is the Heat are D-Wade's team, not yours.  You might win a championship like A-Rod did with NYY, but it will never be YOUR team just like the Yankees are Jeter's team.  Good luck with your new role, as a hired assassin, and as far as your global brand, it just took a MAJOR drop in the majority of people's minds.  I was a big fan, but you just got relegated to the Toilet league in my mind.  I hope Dan's open letter comes true.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:58 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

No one is right. That's the real answer. 
Lebron did what he wanted to do to be happy let the fucking man be. It hurts Cleveland, but all those whinning and bitching about what Lebron did or didn't do on the court for Cleveland, what he did for your city and economy had far more worth than any of that. You have the right to feel betrayed, but Dan and Lebron both betrayed you in a way and after all the disrespectful garbage I've seen spewed out of Cleveland's fans mouths .. Expect a little bit of Karma coming your way.
He is a person, who is in the top tier of what he does, he may be the best he may not.. but you can not argue he isn't at least one of them.
Why do Cleveland fans and DG deserve more of a right to happiness than Lebron does? Every single person should have the opportunity to be happy.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:55 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Toronto's GM didn't write anything because Toronto is still trying to figure out why the NBA is there at all. Canada is a hockey country not a basketball country.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:51 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

What a classless act! Pehaps Perhaps if Dan Gilbert put a winning supporting cast around Lebron, he would never had left. No one can blame Lebron for wanting to win a championship. With the cap strapped Cav team Lebron knew it wasnt in Cleveland. Dan Gilbert hired the GM who brought in the players to play on the team, not Lebron. Dan Giblert look in the mirror for you are the only one to blame because you are the owner of the team and the buck stops at you! Good Luck attracting elite players to your classless franchise, after the way you treated the best player who ever played on your team.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:51 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I agree with Dan Gilbert, however--

This is the man who tried to rip the foundation of Spartan basketball out from under the program.  He speaks of betrayal?  Is this no different?  James is from Ohio--Gilbert went to MSU.  This is almost laughable coming from DG.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:38 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Every move the Cavs did was signed off by James.  They did what ever he wanted.  What you are failing to realize is Clevelands point of view.  Fine seven years and it didn't work out and you have a chance of a new begining, go ahead.  But the fact that the Cavs were not able to present a good chance to win is becuase they are strapped.  They have no room under the cap.  Reason why is they brought in the players to make him happy.  So now he straps the team of cap space and leaves.  Then he does it on TV.  If you read the letter closely, Gilbert mentions about past incidents.  I'm guessing Lebron probably put a gun to their heads if they didn't do what he wanted.  Two years ago when the Lebron watch started, the Cavs would have been $30 million under the cap this free agent year.  Now we have nothing.  But he flies out of here scott free.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 4:50 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Not a fan of Cleveland or Miami but Gilbert is dead on about LeBron being a coward. You never saw Jordan go to play with other people because he couldn't get it done. You saw Kobe actually push another superstar out because he wanted the to be the team leader. This guy runs from a team that had the best record in the regular season to play alongside (actually, in the shadow of) another top 5 player in the league in Wade. If LeBron isn't a coward, I don't know who is!

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