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'Whore of Akron' writer says everything's cool now that LeBron's back

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

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Scott Raab is a longtime writer for Esquire and author. His Q&A's in the magazine are really quite good and he has a definitive flair for wordsmithing. But he's most well known for being the author of "The Whore of Akron," a personal tale of his own life's issues through the prism of experience LeBron James' decision to leave Cleveland in 2010. Raab was voracious in his attacks on James (if you couldn't tell from the title of the book), and continued his assaults on Twitter and in various media experiences.

But LeBron James came back on Friday, so it's cool!

Raab penned the following (very brief) letter in Esquire Friday after the news of James' decision to return to the Cavaliers was announced.

Dear LeBron,

Thank you.

You're doing the right thing -- for yourself and for Cleveland -- and you're doing it for the right reasons. Dollars and rings count; family and home matter more.

It's a splendid day to be a Cleveland sports fan, and you know as well as I do how rare a day that is. My son -- born and raised in New Jersey, but already a die-hard Cleveland fan -- is hopeful and excited. Thanks for that, too.

Your letter on the SI website said it better than I can: “Who am I to hold a grudge?” Broadway Danny Rose said it best -- “Acceptance, forgiveness, and love.” As human beings, that's the only recipe for leading a righteous life in this world. Such words -- from the famous and unfamous -- come cheap. But you're living those truths now, walking that walk. Who am I to hold a grudge?

Safe travel. See you at the parade.

Scott

P.S. You'll like the next book better. Promise.

via Dear LeBron: Welcome Home - Esquire.

Oh, OK, then.

Just to review, Raab wished for career-ending injury on James, went to the man's house, and was banned by the NBA from credentials after his antics.

And now he just shrugs? "It's cool!"

Not a "Hey, sorry that I and many others like me lost our collective minds over a sports team and your decision about your life. You don't owe us anything." No, no. Not even an apology. Just "Hey, thanks for coming back to my favorite sports team. I will now vent my vitriol elsewhere."

In the years since the Decision, I've come to respect Raab as a scribe, particularly his way with interview subjects. He's a master at his craft.

But man, the guy really needs to chill out about the Cavaliers.

 
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