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LeBron gives Cleveland lovely parting gift

Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:09 pm
"Decision" revenue donated to charity as promised, with proceeds partially going to Cleveland Boys and Girls club, up to $160,000.
Posted by Matt Moore

Say what you want, but LeBron is a man of his word.

Okay, just about one thing, but still. It's something. James pledged to donate all the sponsorship dough pulled in from "The Decision," a little television special you may have heard of, to the Boys and Girls Club of America. The special where he tore the heart out of Cleveland while it was still beating generated $3 million in revenue, all of which is going to various clubs across the country. Including... the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. DUNH-DUNH-DUNH .

Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that James will donate $160,000 plus computers and Nike gear to the Cleveland chapter of the charity for youngsters. Akron, Miami, Chicago, LA, and New York also received portions. But it's a good will move that will likely, well, probably do nothing. This was something good James did, and he hasn't committed a crime, but for some reason what he did has turned people's stomachs enough to be stuck against him for the forseeable future. The best way to turn the tide in his favor? Bring home a ring with his talents back to South Beach. Not that that will make Cleveland feel any better. They're probably, and rightfully, clamoring for the Club to use the money for new toilets or something. Or maybe to pay for a new landfill for all his Cleveland merchandise.

"The Decison" will go down in infamy as one of the worst PR moves in all of sports. But the fact remains that he took an opportunity to expand his brand, reached across to casual non-sports fans and made an impact, and raised $3 million for charity. Not bad for nine words.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:41 am

LeBron gives Cleveland lovely parting gift

Cleveland fans are rightfully clamoring for the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland to spend the money on toilets?  You think because LeBron left their city in poor fashion that they are right to deman a charity waste its money so they can feel better about themselves?

It's interesting to see the anger directed at LeBron when many athletes have done far worse things and given far less to charity.  Jason Kidd beat his wife, Mike Vick, Donte Stallworth, Gilbert Arenas, etc.

LeBron has not once been arrested or been in trouble with the law, so what is the problem with him?  That he's a self-absorbed egomaniac who thinks he's God's gift to humanity?  I guess nobody here is familiar with pro athletes.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:40 am

LeBron gives Cleveland lovely parting gift

Can i just say that he keeps reasonable promises? He promised that he would go to the best place for him. He promised that he would donate the money from the Decision to charity. Someone tell me how you can call James a liar?

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