NewsJuly 11, 2010
“Mr. Dan Gilbert's accusations, expressed in an open letter to LeBron James ... have legal and social implications for the league, its union and the character of LeBron James. By saying that he has gotten a free pass and that people have covered for him way too long, Gilbert suggests that LeBron has done something illegal or illicit.
He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave...
If he believes that LeBron quit in games 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, then, why did he fire the coach? If he believes that LeBron intentionally quit, determining the outcome of those games, why did he pursue him and offer him and additional $120 million to stay in Cleveland?
When players or coaches speak disrespectfully to or about referees, they are fined. If Mr. Gilbert cannot prove that LeBron changed games by quitting, he defames his character. He should have to face a challenge by the NBA and the players association. LeBron has every right to an apology.
LeBron is not a child, nor is he bound to play on Gilbert’s plantation and be demeaned.
Mr. Gilbert's statement is mean, arrogant and presumptuous.
I hope that LeBron will speak up and speak out clearly and forcefully.”
SO WHAT DOES STYLEZ THINK?
I just read this and think that Rev. Jackson makes some great points. I didn't think of it that way, but he is right, Dan does owe Lebron an apology because he pretty much acted out against James in anger and without thinking about the impact of his statements. Gilbert made comments as if he didnt understand that James was bound to leave the Cavs organization by any means necessary. That was PAINFULLY obvious and I think that Gilbert should just face reality and keep it moving!
THAT IS WHAT STYLEZ THINKS! WHAT DO YOU THINK? Please leave a comment!